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Agreement signed to advance UK and US defence innovation

At the Strategic Command Conference 2024, Doug Beck, Director of the US Defense Innovation Unit and General Jim Hockenhull, Commander of UK Strategic Command, signed an agreement to place liaisons officers in each nation’s defence innovation hubs.



Above: General Jim Hockenhull and Doug Beck signing the agreement.
Courtesy MoD / Crown Copyright.

Strategic Command’s innovation team jHub connects world-class technology and talent with users across defence. The United States Defense Innovation Unit, based in Silicon Valley, focus on accelerating the adoption of commercial and dual-use technology to solve operational challenges at speed and scale. Doug Beck, the unit’s director, reports directly to the US Secretary of Defense.

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As technological advancements continue to accelerate, the UK must collaborate ever more closely with its international allies and industry partners. The Strategic Command Conference brought together over 250 leading experts from international allies and partners, across government, industry and academia to discuss challenges and share ideas.

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This agreement will help the UK continue to share knowledge and ideas with its close ally and collaborate on the development of cutting-edge science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic. Partnerships like this help protect both nations and strengthen what is already the most robust, deepest and advanced military partnership of any two countries.

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