The UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) have agreed to collaborate in a bid to improve the nation’s defence and security.
The decision to integrate follows a review to examine the best way to provide enduring and appropriate science and technology (S&T) support to the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
CAST head Andy Bell said: “This development will enable a more joined-up, coherent approach to science and technology provision for security, policing and resilience in the UK.
“The move will mean that our customers have access to a wider range of scientific and engineering expertise across government, industry and academia, giving broader access to innovative ideas and solutions.
“There is a lot of hard work to be undertaken before we complete the move, and we will be providing full support to our staff throughout the transition.”
The integration is expected to start this year and be completed by 2020.
CAST's staff will move to become part of Dstl, based in Porton Down, Salisbury, UK.
An integration programme team will work jointly across Dstl and CAST to support the transfer of staff and capabilities during the transition period, ensuring continuity in support of national security, defence and policy.
Dstl and CAST already work together on certain projects, such as forensics, body armour and detection systems.