It has been more than ten years since science and technology experts based at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) first deployed to Afghanistan in support of UK operations.
More than 350 separate deployments have been undertaken by staff in a range of roles including a Science Adviser based out there. They have been providing scientific and analytical advice without interruption to military commanders in Afghanistan since summer 2005.
The laboratory also tests new technologies in appropriate conditions to assess their suitability for the tasks for which they have been developed. A secure trials area was opened in 2007 so that testing can go ahead in a controlled environment.
Apart from using their own specialist knowledge, staff in the field also refer to DSTL's 3,500 strong workforce and to colleagues in the wider Ministry of Defence, other government departments, industry and academia. The range of knowledge and experience ensures the most up-to-date scientific advice is provided to the military.
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