DASA Competition: Populating the World of Training

Closing Date: 02/05/2023

Funding for proposals with the potential to transform the British Army’s training systems to deliver a more realistic representation of the real world.

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is part of the UK Government’s Ministry of Defence. The Accelerator helps public and private innovators develop their ideas into exploitable products and services for defence and security customers, and experiments with novel methodology and innovative approaches to facilitate accelerating delivery of the best solutions.

DASA has launched this competition to help the British Army transform its training systems to deliver a more realistic representation of the real world. The competition is funded by the British Army in support of the Future Collective Training System (FCTS).

Proposals should help to deliver a credible, complex and representative human terrain to effectively train British Army personnel and other Land Forces operating in the land environment. British Army doctrine describes this human terrain as A3E: Audiences, Actors, Adversaries and Enemies, as follows:

  • Audiences are those groups and individuals whose perceptions and interpretation of events and subsequent behaviour contribute to the success or otherwise of military action.
  • Actors are those individuals or groups who take action or directly exert influence. They include British forces and allies, as well as others who are friendly, neutral or hostile.
  • Adversaries are a hostile sub-set of actors; those groups and individuals who seek to prevent friendly forces from achieving their objectives.
  • Enemies are those who seek to oppose friendly forces through armed, lethal means.

This competition seeks innovations that deliver scalable, configurable, consistent and seamless representation of A3E behaviours across the Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environments. The competition is not prescriptive; any technology, system or service that can deliver an element of this A3E capability will be considered.

The Competition has the following five challenge areas.

  • Challenge 1: A flexible human terrain – This challenge area seeks innovations that represent the human terrain, such as threat representations that are consistent, both within and across the LVC environments.
  • Challenge 2: A credible suite of players – This challenge area seeks innovations that enable the capability to test the training audience against a broad range of differentiated threats, from hostile civilians to organised insurgents and traditional state actors.
  • Challenge 3: Representative threat systems – This challenge area seeks innovations that help represent different threats, from peer + threats, to threats below the threshold of conflict across the physical, digital, political and social environments.
  • Challenge 4: Remote and Autonomous Systems – This challenge area seeks innovations that help represent increasing autonomy in the environment, such as Remote and Autonomous Systems (RAS) and layered intelligence.
  • Challenge 5: A credible Information Environment – This challenge area seeks innovations to help represent a realistic and contested cyber and electromagnetic environment.

DASA is seeking innovations:

  • Ranging from TRLs 3 to 6, that help deliver seamless training irrespective of the training environment, so the experience of Live troops with their boots on the ground is as credible, and challenging, as the effects of that same experience has on troops participating in the Virtual environment.
  • That augment live assets, such as role players, vehicles, weapons and systems.
  • Such as behavioural models and methods for rapid reconfiguration that make computer-generated forces more credible.
  • That deliver a credible challenge, such as a contested electromagnetic spectrum, remote and autonomous systems, and realistic threat capabilities.

All proposals must not exceed 12 month project duration.

Funding body Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Maximum value £300,000
Reference ID S24931
Category Science and Technology
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Fund or call Fund