Ministry of Defence Agencies and Organisations - Part 2
The following is a list of contact points for defence agencies and organisations (with email addresses where pertinent)
to assist organisations seeking to do business with the MoD.
Defence Storage and Distribution Agency (DSDA)
Provides the Armed Forces with storage and distribution services. DSDA has secure open and covered storage facilities located nationwide with excellent road and rail links. A wide range of logistic and materiel handling skills and expertise. Operations are geared to normal and surge requirements.
Oxon OX25 2LD
Tel: 01869 256804
Fax: 01869 256818
Defence Supplier Service (DSS)
Provides advice and guidance to suppliers seeking to sell to the Ministry of Defence.
Collaboration for enhanced UK defence capability.
DTCs are world-class centres of excellence conducting innovative, cutting-edge research for enhanced UK defence capability to ensure the continuing availability of sound technical advice and advanced and affordable technology to support mission-successful defence capabilities.
Early access to advanced technology is essential for the UK Armed Forces to retain a decisive edge over potential opponents. The need to keep that edge is reflected in the MoD's overarching science and technology (S&T) objective.
Experience has shown that, for many emerging technologies, a high payoff for UK defence is best achieved by collaboration within the broader UK science and technology community. Such collaboration means better equipment for MoD, more competitive products for industry and more opportunity for academia to exploit its ideas.
Defence Technology Centres
Dstl Fort Halstead
Kent TN14 7BP
Tel: 01959 892836
Fax: 01959 892833
Defence Transport and Movements Agency (DTMA)
Hampshire SP11 8HT
Tel: 01264 382067
Fax: 01264 382 881
Defence Vetting Agency (DVA)
Responsible for carrying out, and maintaining, national security checks on military and civilian staff employed by the MoD, private sector personnel employed on defence-related work, and staff in a number of other government departments.
DVA are the largest government organisation carrying out security checks on people, and carry out around 140,000 checks and clearances each year.
Their aim is to carry out security checks on people in the armed services, the MoD civil service, certain other government departments, and in the defence industry. They check that people are suitable to hold security clearances which give them access to military installations, valuable assets and sensitive information.
Defence Vetting Agency
York YO10 4AS
Tel: 01904 662616
Fax: 01904 665820
DG Commercial Organisation
DG Commercial provides advice on a wide range of commercial issues to the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA), the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), and to all other Top Level Budget Holders (TLBHs) in the Ministry of Defence.
Defence Procurement Agency
Abbey Wood #2219
Bristol BS34 8JH
Fax: 0117 91 32920
Directorate for Broadening Smart Procurement (DBSA)
DBSA was formed from the Public Private Partnership Unit (PPPU) in April 2002. It is one of four pillars of the Director General Smart Acquisition.
Supports and advises on the disposal phase of the through life management of equipment within the Department. The Disposal Services Agency uniquely offers a comprehensive portfolio covering everything from advice and consultancy to the provision of a total managed service. Their dedicated contractors not only supply a collect-to-dispose service, but also offer a wide range of refurbished items for sale.
Disposal Services Agency
6 Hercules Road
London SE1 7DJ
Tel: 020 7261 8826
Duke of York's Royal Military School
Educates the children of serving and retired military personnel. The school offers what you would expect from a leading independent boarding school, plus much more. Founded in 1803, the Duke of York’s Royal Military School provides
a unique education for 11-18-year-old children of those who have served
for a minimum of four years on regular engagements in the British Armed
Duke of York's Royal Military School
Kent CT15 5EQ
Tel: 01304 245024
Fax: 01304 245019
Hydrographic Office (UKHO)
Responsible for surveying the seas around the UK and other areas to aid navigation.
The UKHO is a government Trading Fund and part of the Ministry of Defence. Their main activities are the provision of navigational products and services to the Royal Navy and to the merchant marine, to enable ships to comply with UN Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) regulations.
Based in Taunton, Somerset, in the south west of England, the UKHO employs nearly 900 people across a range of specialisms including chart compilation and production, navigational textual editing and publishing, physical oceanography, geodesy, and Law of the Sea.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Taunton TA1 2DN
Tel: 01823 337900
International Visits Control Office (IVCO)
Provides security clearance and advice for visitors to and from the UK defence industry.
IVCO is divided into 3 sections; HQ Sy5c1 (Outward Visits), HQ Sy5c2 (Inward Visits) & HQ Sy5c3 (Visits Automation).
The role of IVCO in relation to British industry is to:
- assist British contractors in obtaining security clearances for visits overseas, which will allow them access to the Protectively Marked (classified) information of another country or to enter a "restricted area" within that country.
- establish and maintain records of the staff of British companies to meet requests for security assurances from foreign governments or International Defence Organisations.
- act as a focal point to ascertain the permitted level of access to UK Protectively Marked material (Classified) by overseas visitors to UK industry.
- simplify the procedures for issuing Security Assurances and for transmitting them to the appropriate authorities.
Medical Supplies Agency (MSA)
The role of the MSA is to ensure that medical, dental and veterinary material blood and blood products, technical and medical logistics support, and trained personnel are provided to the UK Armed Forces worldwide. Currently 280,000 issues per year - from aspirins to entire Containerised Operating Theatres - are made around the clock from an inventory of 10,500 items.
Provides weather forecasting services in the UK and worldwide. They are one of the world's leading providers of environmental and weather-related services.
Berkshire RG12 2SZ
Tel: 0845 300 0300
Fax: 0845 300 1300
Ministry of Defence Police
Responsible for providing effective policing of the Defence Estate in common with other police forces, their purpose is to uphold the law fairly and firmly; to prevent crime; to pursue and to bring to justice those who break the law; to protect the community; and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgement.
They must be compassionate, courteous and patient, acting without fear or favour or prejudice to the rights of others. They need to be professional, calm and restrained in the face of violence and apply only that force which is necessary to accomplish their lawful duty. They must strive to reduce the fears of the public and so far as they can, to reflect their priorities in the action they take.
Tel: 01371 854000
Naval Bases and Supply Agency
C Block, Ensleigh
Bath BA1 5AB
Tel: 01225 467 707
Fax: 01225 468 307
Naval Manning Agency (NMA)
To ensure that sufficient manpower is available on the trained strength and deployed effectively in peace, transition to war or war.
HM Naval Base
Hampshire PO1 3LS
Tel: 023 9272 7422
Naval Recruiting and Training Agency (NRTA)
Recruits to the Naval Service, and trains and develops personnel throughout their subsequent careers.
HM Naval Base
Tel: 023 9272 7600
Non Project Procurement Organisation (NPPO)
The NPPO has been formed to manage the supply of General Stores to the Ministry of Defence.
DLO Coperacre Site
Joint Services Corsham
Corsham SN19 9WR
Tel: 01225 813477
Fax: 01225 813172
Pay & Personnel Agency (PPA)
Provides a pay and personnel information service to the MoD and other customers in the public sector.
Enables the RAF to meet its manpower commitments in war, crisis, tension and peace.
HQ Personnel & Training Command
Gloucester GL3 1EZ
Tel: 01452 712612
RAF Training Group Defence Agency (TGDA)
Provides flying and ground training to meet the operational requirements of the RAF.
Gloucestershire GL3 1EZ
Tel: 01452 712 612
Fax: 01452 510 825
RAF Signals Engineering Establishment
Bedfordshire SG16 6DN
Tel: 01462 851 515 ext 6071
Fax: 01462 851 515 ext 4517
Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS)
The UK's senior defence academic institution, bringing together students - both military and civilian - from all over the world.
The RCDS is the senior defence academic institution in the United Kingdom. The most prestigious institution of its kind in the world, the College brings together high fliers - both military and civilian, selected by their governments - from every corner of the globe for a year-long international relations and security course. Ready and privileged access to leading international academics, statesmen, government officials and captains of industry ensures intellectual and professional development of the highest quality.
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS)
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) was formed in 1947. It was descended from two older institutions, the Royal Military Academy (RMA) and the Royal Military College (RMC).
British Army training centre for gunners. The Royal School of Artillery is the British Army Centre of Excellence for artillery training. Located at Larkhill, 10 miles to the north of Salisbury, Wiltshire, RSA is ideally located on the southern edge of Salisbury Plain, the premier live fire training area in the United Kingdom.
The School is an Operating Division of the Army Training and Recruiting Agency (ATRA) and offers artillery technical and career training.
Royal School of Artillery
Wiltshire SP4 8QT
Tel: 01980 845578
Service Children’s Education (SCE)
Provides education for dependant children residing with MoD personnel serving outside the UK and provides advice and support to service parents on maintained and independent schools provision in the UK.
Tel: 0049 2161 908 2295
Strategic and Combat Studies Institute (SCSI)
SCSI is an MoD-sponsored but independent organisation that brings together on a regular basis those interested in defence studies and related fields. Members of the Institute meet at a series of academic seminars held each year and receive SCSI papers on publication.
Its objectives are to:
- act as a forum and catalyst for discussion and debate
- sponsor and manage official non-technical research on strategic, operational and combat-related issues affecting present and possible future concerns of the Armed Services
- help and encourage officers in the preparation and publication of their work
- establish a research and information retrieval database between a number of relevant national and international organisations.
The Institute holds regular seminars and academic dinners, providing the opportunity for discussion of defence issues with leading writers and practitioners. The Institute also publishes papers as part of the Occasional series of Papers.
Wiltshire SN9 6BE
Tel: 01980 615046
Fax: 01980 615304
UK National Codification Bureau (UK NCB)
The UK NCB is the MoD's National Codification Bureau (NCB) and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the NATO Codification System (NCS) within the UK. The UK NCB is situated in the centre of Glasgow.
Formerly the War Pensions Agency. Responsible for veterans' affairs, including war and service pensions, service records, military graves, medals and welfare issues.
An Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence, the Veterans Agency’s mission is to deliver modern, high-quality, customer-focused services to war disablement pensioners, war widows, their dependants and carers and other veterans;
the many extraordinary and unique personal sacrifices made in defence of the nation.
Tel: 01253 866043
Warship Support Agency (WSA)
WSA provides logistic support to the Fleet and to other in-service maritime elements of the armed services.
The Warship Support Agency was formed on 2 April 2001 by the merger of the majority of the Naval Bases and Supply Agency (NBSA) and the Ships Support Agency (SSA), both of which were part of the former Naval Support Command, and, since 1 April 2000, the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO).
The Agency was created following a detailed study into the costs associated with maintaining and upgrading the Fleets of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The merger removes the rather artificial organisational divide that existed between the SSA’s 'decider' and the NBSA's 'provider' functions for delivering maritime material support.
A new Agency to provide the best possible means of delivering improvements in materiel support to the United Kingdom's maritime-based Armed Forces and help to ensure that the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have the most capable ships, submarines and naval base services they need, in both times of crisis and peace.
The Warship Support Agency
Room A19, Block B
Bath BA1 5AB
Tel: 0117 913 9351
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