We are pleased to be holding a briefing for ADS members on how the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) covers security sector issues, following its integration with the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) in April 2018. 

Dstl now delivers innovative science and technology for all aspects of UK national security – military and non-military. Under the previous arrangements, a specialist team of scientists and engineers at CAST provided expert advice, innovation and frontline support in response to a range of Home Office needs, including policing and fire services; while Dstl’s security support focused on counter-terrorism operations and niche services such as the Forensic Explosives Laboratory. 

The Dstl-CAST merger was the best option for continued resilience now and in the future, establishing a core expert delivery team at Dstl for all S&T required by the Home Office and its associated agencies.

ADS members are encouraged to register to attend this briefing to understand first-hand how Dstl can deliver science and technology in the non-military security space and learn about the opportunities to engage with the reconstituted organisation.


Mike Smith, Division Head, Counter-Terrorism and Security Division, Dstl joined the Ministry of Defence more than 35 years ago as a military engineer. He qualified as a bomb disposal officer, and saw active service in the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Africa and the Middle East. He later served overseas in NATO’s Immediate Reaction Force Headquarters before returning to the UK. He then deployed to Afghanistan to set up the first International Security Assistance Force, based in Kabul, where he also completed a Masters degree in Business Administration. Mike joined Dstl in 2006 and worked in a number of roles in enabling services before moving into the Counter-Terrorism and Security Division. He became Head of Division in 2018.