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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl)

Stand D20

A proven national asset, Dstl is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies.

Dstl is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to science and technology in the defence and security field.

Dstl supplies specialist services to MOD and wider government, working collaboratively with external partners in industry and academia worldwide, providing expert research, specialist advice and invaluable operational support.

We are innovative, collaborative and impactful.

Our Responsibilities
Our responsibilities include:

1. supplying sensitive and specialist science and technology services for MOD and wider government
2. providing and facilitating expert advice, analysis and assurance on defence procurement
3. leading on the MOD’s science and technology programme
4. understanding risks and opportunities through horizon-scanning
5. acting as a trusted interface between MOD, wider government, the private sector and academia to provide science and technology support to military operations by the UK and her allies
6. championing and developing science and technology skills across MOD.

Our Priorities
We help MOD to implement the recommendations in the NAtional Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review, in particular to:
1  identify and monitor national security risks and opportunities
2. protect the UK and our interests at home, at our border, and internationally, in order to address physical and electronic threats from state and non-state sources

Who We Work WIth
Dstl works mainly with MOD, but because of our expertise and facilities, particularly in the wider area of UK defence and security, we work across government for more than 40 government departments and agencies.

We work with our partners in industry, academia and internationally, using science and technology to help to solve defence and security issues.

We sustain and grow science and technology capabilities that must remain in government, and help develop capabilities that are managed elsewhere, for example, in industry and academia.

Our Locations


Porton Down


Central enquiries 01980 950000

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Portsdown West

Portsdown Hill Road,
PO17 6AD

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Fort Halstead

TN14 7BP (Alternative postcodes for some sat-nav systems: TN14 7BT or TN14 7BX)

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Alverstoke

Crescent Road
PO12 2DL

Address Dstl Porton Down
United Kingdom
Telephone 01980 950000
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