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Encyclopedia > Defence Evaluation and Research Agency

The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (normally known as DERA), was a part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) until July 2, 2001. At the time it was Britain's largest science and technology organisation. DERA was split into two organisations: a commercial firm, QinetiQ, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). The Ministry of Defence building, Whitehall, Westminster, London The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and the headquarters of the UK military. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... // What is science? There are different theories of what science is. ... // Technology [from Gr. ... Alternative meaning: Organisation (band). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... QinetiQ is a British defence technology company, created out of the greater part of the government agency DERA when it was split up in June 2001 (with the smaller part forming dstl). ... The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is part of the British Ministry of Defence. ...

QinetiQ incorporates the majority of DERA, with the DSTL assuming responsibility for the most sensitive of DERA's operations, e.g. nuclear, chemical, and biological research. In nuclear physics, a nuclear reaction is a process in which two nuclei or nuclear particles collide, to produce products different to the initial products. ... A chemical substance is any material substance used in or obtained by a process in chemistry: A chemical compound is a substance consisting of two or more chemical elements that are chemically combined in fixed proportions. ... Biology studies the variety of life (clockwise from top-left) E. coli, tree fern, gazelle, Goliath beetle Biology is the science of life (from the Greek words bios = life and logos = word). ... Research is an active, diligent and systematic process of inquiry in order to discover, interpret or revise facts, events, behaviours, or theories, or to make practical applications with the help of such facts, laws or theories. ...

DERA was formed in April 1995 as an amalgamation of the following: April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Amalgamation, meaning to combine or unite into one form, has several uses: In chemistry, amalgamation is the blending of two elements, and usually an amalgam is a metallic alloy with the element mercury, often used in tooth fillings. ...

  • Defence Research Agency (DRA) which was set up in April 1991 and comprised the Royal Aerospace Establishment (RAE); Admiralty Research Establishment (ARE); Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment (RARDE); and, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE)
  • Defence Test and Evaluation Organisation (DTEO)
  • Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment (CBDE at Porton Down)
  • Centre for Defence Analysis (CDA)

The chief executive throughout DERA's existence was John Chisholm. DERA's staffing level was around 9000 scientists, technologists and support staff. The Defence Research Agency (normally known as DRA), was an agency of the UK Ministry of Defence from April 1991 until April 1995. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, or often known more simply as Porton Down, is a United Kingdom government facility for military bio-chemical research. ... Sir John Chisholm (born August 1946) is the Chief Executive of QinetiQ. He attended Cambridge University on a scholarship from General Motors. ...



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