Since its inception, support to the Defence sector has been a core activity for Stratum. This has given the company a comprehensive and detailed understanding of acquisition and research in the Smart Acquisition era, including the roles, responsibilities and realities of life at both ends of the M4.
Recent and major studies have included the following.
Working with Jamie Barr and Dstl staff, Stratum developed and populated a tool for linking the equipment delivered by acquisition programmes to the military capabilities provided to end users. The Capability View tool captures the interdependencies between equipments, allowing the identification of inefficiencies and opportunities in the MoD's information system acquisition plans. Initial work concentrated on populating the tool with DEC(CCII)'s equipments, leading to the successful delivery of a working tool in the summer of 2005.
Subsequent work has applied the tool to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipments, and to the MOD's Command and Battlespace Management (CBM) programme.
Network Enabled Capability (NEC)
The company has provided over three years' support to Dstl, DEC(CCII) and CM(IS) in the development of the core NEC themes and principles. The Dstl team published a large number of papers on NEC, covering all areas of NEC development and concepts. Richard Ellis was responsible for much of the thinking on the subject of acquisition and NEC, and presented at a wide range of fora, both national and international. (For an unclassifed paper, see for example ICCRTS 2002).
COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) Technology in Military Systems
Richard Ellis was the author of the MOD current guidance on the use of COTS in military systems acquisition. (The current guidance is available via the Defence Procurement Agency's Acquisition Management System (AMS) (search under Acquisition Topics, using "O" for "Off the shelf Procurement"). This guidance has subsequently been adopted by NATO as the core of STANAG 4598 (Guidance on the Use of COTS)