The role of defence is changing in an ever more interconnected world. We face an ever-growing level of cyber and information aggression, a rapid development in the real-world capabilities of AI, and a paradigm shift in the arena of battle into the virtual world.
We believe defence has a huge advantage as one of the few sectors in which decision-making is taught. We enable defence organisations to build on that advantage, helping them augment existing processes with better data and more insightful analysis. We help breakdown data silos, scale-up data science capabilities, and deliver ethical AI into the hands of those who need it.
Defence is often overwhelmed with data and under-served with information, though the barrier to the use of Data Science and AI is often much lower than thought. Our expertise in information governance and AI ethics ensures your projects can be robustly evaluated against all relevant standards. Methods Analytics specialise in helping Defence clients establish internal data science teams, develop robust pilot initiatives and take these programmes through to unlocking the latent value of their data estate. Regardless of the size of the challenge, from suitability assessment to AI enabled digital services, our multi-disciplinary teams can use their skills in predictive modelling, natural language processing, computer vision, classification and cyber response, to put the right information in the hands of decision-makers.
Data Foundations & the Data Strategy for Defence
The key challenge defence faces starts at the basic level, ensuring “data is curated, integrated and human and machine ready for exploitation”. Our knowledge of data and information governance, data quality, data architecture and data strategy as well as the practical realities of effective data exploitation help us work with you to establish the processes and tools needed to meet the targets established by the Data Strategy for Defence.
Digital Transformation in Defence
Through our extensive experience in Defence and elsewhere in central government, Methods Analytics can bring our user-focused and design-thinking to bear on data and digital transformation. Our experience with GDS and Defence standards ensures we are able to deliver compliant, collaborative, agile programmes that deliver real benefit. We combine modern user research and service design techniques with deep technical expertise and a grounding in Defence that acknowledges the unique complexities of the development environment. From upskilling internal teams on user-centred-design through robust data foundations and re-architecture to experimental data exploitation work, our team ensures your transformation delivers.
In the age of information warfare, Strategic Command plays a key role in the MOD, working across land, sea, air, space and cyber domains. In 2020, Methods Analytics began working with DDS to create an Artificial Intelligence Centre of Expertise (AI CoE). Our first project: develop an NLP solution to improve data validation for the compiling and reporting of the MOD health and safety annual statistics.Read More
The MOD holds an enormous amount of unstructured text data. One of the barriers to using standard models to gain insights from this data is the extensive use of bespoke acronyms: there are more than 21k acronyms commonly in use across the MOD, with some of them representing up to 17 different meanings. This complexity means creating a straightforward acronym dictionary was impossible. They needed a tailored solution to recognise and retrieve the long explanation of acronyms in text.Read More
Defence has seen its world change as all areas have over the last two years, but it is fair to say that as a sector we were fairly badly prepared for a world of work that was fully remote. DDAT teams were working overtime to ensure that people could now do their jobs in a way not previously attempted and certainly on a scale that would have taken years to reach. I think this en-masse sheep-dip into remote and hybrid working will have huge benefits, diversifying the workforce and improving resilience.Read More