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We are one of the largest providers of engineering and technical services to the UK defence market, we work in partnership with you to provide independent and objective advice and support across all stages of a project lifecycle.

About

At Atkins we use our independent engineering and programme management expertise to help governments specify and acquire the right military equipment and infrastructure so that they can properly equip their armed forces and defend their national interests.

We deliver bespoke services and solutions to our clients in the following key areas:

Acquisition support

  • Programme management
  • Systems engineering, performance modelling, business cases and supplier selection

Availability management

  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Availability, reliability and maintainability analysis and assessment

Safety management and assessment

  • Safety management systems, independent advice and safety case assessment

Facilities design and engineering

  • Masterplanning through to design detailing
  • Specialist competence in blast and nuclear facilities

Mechanical design and integrity assessment

  • Specialist nuclear expertise

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Expertise

Whatever the challenge, we’ll find the solution. This belief unites us in delivering high quality engineering, technical and programme management services to government and the defence industry.

Our projects range from a day’s consultancy to supporting the delivery of major, mission-critical programmes. And with our extensive project management skills, we’re able to deliver each one to the very highest standard.

Our principal areas of expertise are:

Mechanical design and analysis

Within defence, we combine our understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals with specific industry domain knowledge relevant to our clients.

Our core capabilities include:

  • Fatigue and fracture assessment
  • Structural dynamics (including impact and blast loading)
  • Stress analysis
  • Finite element techniques
  • Pressure vessel design and assessment

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Systems engineering and programme management

We work across all areas including land, C4ISTAR, ships, submarines and air. With an active role on the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), we lead the way on the latest issues, standards and debates in this area.

Our core capabilities include:

  • Systems engineering
  • Programme and project management
  • Through-life capability management
  • Operational analysis/modelling
  • Project and business case support
  • Information/communication systems
  • Software development
  • High integrity software
  • Security

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Safety and supportability

For safety, we explore different scenarios to minimise risk with equipment, facilities and working environments. For supportability, we assess the reliability of these assets in the long term and set a policy or a strategy for maintaining them.

Our core capabilities include:

  • Safety engineering
  • Supportability
  • Training needs analysis
  • Human factors
  • Reliability and maintainability
  • Integrated logistic support
  • Reliability centred maintenance

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Facilities design and engineering

We are the leaders in complex building design associated with unique defence-related facilities, providing multidisciplinary engineering capability with significant defence specialisms.

Our core capabilities include:

  • Project and design management
  • Facilities design (civil and structural engineering)
  • Mechanical engineering design
  • Building services engineering
  • Process engineering
  • Electrical control and instrumentation
  • Safety case development

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Richard Piggin
19 May 2017

The WannaCry or Wanna Decryptor malware has affected 150 countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Russia, Taiwan, France, and Japan. Several variants have already been reported, all presently targeting Windows-based operating systems, including embedded versions. Further variations, which could target other operating systems such as Linux, are anticipated. Early indications suggested email phishing campaigns initially infected computers, using email attachments and malicious websites links have been confirmed. The worm then spreads across networks. While assurances have been given regarding the loss of patient data, the malware provides backdoor access to victim’s computers, so data theft is a distinct possibility. Yet, the issue isn’t just about the security of patient information, it’s also about preventing patient harm. This is not an isolated incident. Similar incidents have already occurred in the healthcare sector, even in the UK. Only a few hospitals were affected, attracting limited publicity and concern. Many more medical facilities belonging to the U.S. MedStar Health provider were severely disrupted last year. The impact of such attacks also feature in a new BSI publication on Medical Device Cyber Security, which describes the convergence of safety and security risk, along with defensive principles. Other sectors have also been impacted  including UK,  French and Romanian car plants and the German rail operator. Spanish victims included telecoms multinational Telefonica, and utilities Iberdrola and Gas Natural. Critical infrastructure asset owners have been impacted by ransomware in the past, including several power utilities. Organisations with unsupported operating systems or ineffective patching programmes will continue to be vulnerable. At best,

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Philip Barton
17 Mar 2017

Having had time to digest the major themes in this report, I think that the Government at the time seemed determined to establish the Cyber Essentials scheme as key parts of UK SMEs cyber tool kits, and to leverage the insurance industry to secure that goal. The message was that Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus compliance would deserve a reduced premium, as well as enabling greater cyber-risk awareness among SMEs. The report indicated that cyber insurance firms were likely to offer support in becoming Cyber Essentials certified as part of the insurance process. This patently did not happen as planned, and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are yet to pick up the reins sufficiently to consider cyber insurance guidance. The report was aimed squarely at SME cyber risk in the IT space, with brief mention that Cyber Essentials may not be appropriate, or rigorous enough, for many manufacturing industries. Regulated industries and critical infrastructure will have their own regimes to follow, so what for the SME manufacturing industries? The NIST cyber security framework or the SANS 20 controls are an excellent starting point, not to mention the many standards that exist such as ISO/IEC27001, ISA/IEC62443 etc. An obvious barrier to widespread adoption of worthwhile, insurance-backed, cyber security in the industrial arena is having sufficiently good cyber forensic capability in place to be able to back up any claim. In the event of an incident, the bias for most manufacturing organisations is naturally toward production and not to preserving evidence;

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Jessica Green
03 Feb 2017

I have always been of the view that the huge push for gender diversity we see so frequently in engineering firms is condescending and undermining to women. I don’t need a support network when I see myself as equal. I don’t need motivational sessions from ‘empowered women’ when I see no difference between the ‘empowered women’ and the more competent of my male colleagues around me. Strong and weak people come in both genders, and by categorising ourselves as empowered, we succumb to the stale stereotype that women are weaker than men, and we degrade ourselves whilst complaining that it is the men that are degrading us. In my relatively short experience as an engineer, I have received nothing but respect from my male counterparts; the only sexism I have encountered was from another female engineer who, for some reason, did not like having another woman in the office. I felt patronised when colleagues asked how I thought they could attract more women to the firm. There isn’t an abundance of women with engineering degrees, where did they think they were going to attract them from?! Engineering was simply more for the male‐minded amongst us. Recently however, whilst working on an international project with a global workforce, I specifically noticed one very alien concept: the Spanish engineers were an equal male‐female balance. In fact, on researching the figures, I discovered that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineers in the whole of Europe. Whilst I still disagree with the use of

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Richard Piggin
26 Jan 2017

The most recent campaign is reported to have commenced on 6 December, continuing through to 20 December. Vsevolod Kovalchuk, a director at the Ukrainian national energy company Ukrenergo, told Reuters that the 200 megawatt interruption was equivalent to approximately a fifth of Kiev's night time energy consumption, and that the scale of the interruption was very rare. The automation was shut down in the Pivnichna power transmission substation located north of Kiev. The remote terminal units (RTUs) opened circuit breakers, causing a power outage that lasted for 75 minutes. Power was restored manually, with full restoration early the following morning. Power loss was reported in northern Kiev and on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River and the surrounding area. The Ukrenergo director described ‘external influences’ effecting workstations and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) servers, and anomalies with transmission network data. Although investigations are ongoing, in the meantime researchers have confirmed significant similarities to the power outage a year earlier. This includes phishing attacks, with malware embedded in Microsoft document macros, and traces of BlackEnergy 3 malware used in the attacks targeting Ukraine Government organisations. Oleksii Yasnskiy of ISSP labs, distinguished the more recent attacks, using significant obfuscation: “Being more complex and better organised.” Marina Krotofil, a security researcher at Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Lab contrasted the previous damaging attack: “They could do many more things, but obviously they didn’t have this as an intent. It was more like a demonstration of capabilities.” Ukrainian media and security researchers have also

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The client had found it difficult, expensive and disruptive to their programme portfolio to maintain and manage a pool of experienced security consultants with the necessary analysis and security artefact-creation skills required to support the accreditation decision. Due to the finite resource, deciding which projects would benefit most from the IA consultants’ skills was also proving challenging. As a result, there was a risk of critical systems either remaining unaccredited or being accredited on the basis of an inadequate risk assessment. We worked with the client to develop a new managed service approach to the provision of security that brought together all the necessary expertise into a single team. Through the creation and implementation of a security catalogue, we provided key security and accreditation activities for the client. These covered business impact identification, risk assessment, threat and vulnerability analysis, and current and new service/system ‘as-is’ security reviews. Also included were estate and system architecture advice and design, policy and standards gap analyses, and accreditation and risk management. In addition, our (previously CLAS) accredited security consultants provided specialist security support or management to particular projects over an extended period. Through the implementation of managed accreditor services we coached, mentored and trained the client’s junior accreditors. This proved to increase the client’s capabilities in accreditation and developed the organisation’s information risk management maturity. Our managed security consultancy service provided specialist advice to the client that is now an embedded part of the enterprise architecture. Our specialist expertise was also applied to the client’s department-wide information assurance enhancement

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As a significant element of the IT estate was legacy, the key challenge our client faced was understanding where information assets were stored and processed. This knowledge gap meant that DWP was unable to properly quantify and understand their risk exposure to help develop effective mitigation strategies. DWP therefore approached Atkins to perform a threat and risk assessment of their IT estate, specifically looking at key information assets and how they were stored, accessed, transmitted and processed. Atkins worked closely with DWP across a four month programme to provide a snapshot threat, security risk, and maturity assessment of key information assets across the IT estate. We identified IT and business stakeholders for engagement and reviewed DWP security approaches, policies, procedures and IT architecture to obtain the wider IT estate view. Quantitative and qualitative data was also collected on the shape of the IT estate through documentation reviews, workshops and interviews. This was then employed to identify the flow of data, potential threats and vulnerabilities. Finally, we identified key security risks and opportunities to reduce and mitigate these. We then developed strategic recommendations for the ownership and management of key information assets. As a result of this work, senior stakeholders obtained a quantified view of information asset risk across the DWP IT estate. Our threat assessment recognised what would make DWP an attractive target, as well as highlighting the key threat actors and the likely attack vectors. Clear and concise prioritised expert guidance was also provided relating to information asset risk mitigation activities. This informed

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Without a clear and deep understanding of their current cyber posture, the client’s leadership team were unable to identify their risk exposure or to develop an effective strategy for cyber resilience. Atkins were selected to perform a cyber risk assessment to identify the key challenges, threats and risks to Government-provisioned services, broader critical national infrastructure and key economic activity. The review would need to establish a realistic picture of the client’s level of resilience and their capability to respond to a serious cyber-attack. Working in collaboration with the client and key stakeholders, we developed a snapshot cyber threat and risk assessment. This provided a measurement of maturity assessment relating to their key assets. A series of sequenced and integrated work packages were also created. These focused on identifying Government and business stakeholders for engagement and reviewing existing security approaches, strategies and policies to obtain a wider national view. The work packages also involved collecting and analysing data on the state of the nation through events, workshops, interviews and reviews, and identifying key security threats, risks and opportunities to reduce risk and improve resilience. As a result of the risk assessment activity, potential threats, attack vectors and vulnerabilities were also highlighted, along with identification of what would make the client an attractive target. Our client’s senior stakeholders obtained a realistic view of the maturity of their cyber defence, with key areas of weakness and strength identified across Government and business sectors. Clear and concise prioritised expert recommendations, based on the client’s technology, people and processes, were then provided

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The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) wished to commission collaborative research for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) into the relationship between people and cyber/ information assurance. Particular focus was required on the human and cultural issues relevant to risk and friction points associated with the design of policy and procedure. Atkins collaborated with University College London (UCL), bringing together industry, commercial and academic expertise to undertake this research. A set of customised assessments were developed to be undertaken by MOD staff using a specialised tool. This helped to identify an individual’s security understanding within their working environment, to highlight skills and knowledge gaps and focus on behaviours that may pose a risk to security compliance. Through this research it was identified that current security practice reduces productivity by introducing rules that often create a conflict with the individual’s primary task and are consequently circumvented. The work conducted represented new and innovative thinking leading to a number of achievable recommendations across the MOD. These would ultimately lead to a new paradigm in the way systems, policies and procedures were developed and implemented. Research outcomes of the identification of friction, and understanding of what is causing it, can also form the basis for a potentially lower friction solution that operators can comply with.

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Challenge The UK’s Armed Forces can be deployed almost anywhere, often to some of the world’s most inhospitable environments. When overseas, troops need to establish a secure base to operate from. These can comprise everything you would expect to find in a small town. The equipment required to provide these capabilities is known as Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure (ECI). The Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), commissioned a study to review the common requirements across all areas of ECI, as well as how existing and future technologies might help to offer the best value investment to reduce the consumption of power and water in these deployed camps. Solution Atkins undertook the Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure Requirements Definition Study, which not only examined ECI capability today but also set the broad direction out to 2030. Having identified the common requirements, we developed a model that looked at the camp as a whole system, rather than as a collection of separate services. This model was then used to explore the impact of alternative technologies on different types and sizes of camps in various climates. Outcome The client was able to introduce some of the study’s recommendations into deployed bases in current operations. These helped improve camp efficiency, potentially reducing the frequency of supply convoys across hostile territory which would otherwise put troops at risk. Initial recommendations included the introduction of timers and sensors to control air conditioning units, with an estimated 33% power saving. Further recommendations, which will require longer term development, could ultimately provide a further 20% reduction in camp

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Challenge Procuring the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles for the British Armed Forces is a complex and technically challenging process. The MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Armoured Vehicles Programmes (AVP) area of Land Equipment Operating Centre (LEOC) required additional specialist engineering expertise in order to make better informed decisions about the procurement of these essential vehicles. Solution Atkins was chosen, following competition, to provide this expertise and our team is embedded in AVP as part of the Customer Support Team contract to help deliver a number of complex Armoured Fighting Vehicle projects. These include the Scout Specialist Vehicle, with its 40mm Common Cannon, as well as a sustainment programme for the Warrior and extension programme for Challenger II. Our specialists are based at the MOD’s Abbey Wood site, providing technical engineering advice in Armoured Fighting Vehicle design, development and manufacture. This support includes systems engineering, safety, survivability, supportability and electronic architecture design. Outcome By working together with the client, and liaising with the prime contractors producing each of the armoured fighting vehicles, we were able to assist in the early identification of risks in the programmes and help address issues, thereby saving our client potential downstream cost and time. We have supported AVP through requirements development and are now providing the engineering assurance and advice required for demonstration and trials phases.

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Challenge The Royal Air Force (RAF) needs to have confidence that its aircraft are safe, airworthy and fit for deployment whenever they’re needed most. In June 2013 the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) issued the Airworthiness Review regulations and mandated a Baseline Military Airworthiness Review (BMAR) of all military aircraft by July 2015. The BMAR is used to confirm airworthiness by establishing an aircraft’s maintenance history and physical configuration. This gives confidence to aviation Duty Holders that the continuing airworthiness management activities for each aircraft have been carried out and documented correctly. Solution Atkins partnered with Gama Aviation in order to undertake this comprehensive and unprecedented review of RAF assets. Our team successfully completed Baseline Military Airworthiness Reviews within the stretching deadline set by the MAA. Completing this within 12 months of the contract being awarded was an extensive task which, for some aircraft, included thorough checks of records going back over 34 years. Outcome Our team were recognised by the client for their technical capability, thorough analysis and streamlining of existing processes. We were also praised for our flexible approach. Completing these extensive airworthiness reviews while meeting and overcoming difficult challenges throughout the programme was only possible by working in close partnership with the RAF. Now the BMAR has been completed, our team will conduct an annual Airworthiness Review on each allocated aircraft for the remainder of the three to five year contract. These will focus on the continuing airworthiness management activities conducted on the aircraft since the last review.

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Atkins has provided infrastructure support services to BAE Systems and to the UK MoD in the Middle East for many years. Much of our work has focused on the delivery of elements of the Al Yamamah Programme including the Air Base Facilities Project, New Base One and specialist Munitions Storage Facilities. Atkins provided consultancy services to assist with masterplanning and conceptual design, translating the client’s overall requirements into a detailed strategic plan. Overall the client benefitted from having complete assurance of an auditable solution which aligned correctly with the bespoke requirements of the industry. Our 30 year track record in the successful delivery of defence projects and our unique understanding of issues and design considerations were integral to the successful delivery of our services.

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For more information on our work and experience in this sector please contact:

UK & Europe

Dave Clark
Divisional business development director
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7834566727
Email: David.K.Clark@atkinsglobal.com

Middle East

Graham Outterside
Director
Managing Director, Defence, Security & Communications
Tel: +971 4405 9318
Mobile: +971 55 300 3992
Email: Graham.Outterside@atkinsglobal.com

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For more information on our Ship Safety Management Training course please contact:
Tel: +44 1454 662538
Email: SSMO-enquiries@atkinsglobal.com

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