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Defence in the Media: First female MOD Chief Scientific Adviser appointed

Defence news today includes the appointment of the first female MOD Chief Scientific Advisor, as well as coverage of an RAF Typhoon quick reaction alert launch.

Chief Scientific Advisor

There is reporting today of an announcement made by Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt on International Women in Engineering Day that Professor Dame Angela McLean will be the MOD’s next Chief Scientific Adviser. This includes articles in the Sunday Telegraph and Sun on Sunday.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:

The Chief Scientific Adviser plays a key role in ensuring that our armed forces stay at the cutting edge of technology and innovation.

It’s poignant that we appoint Professor McLean as our first female Chief Scientific Adviser on International Women in Engineering Day, where we look to increase female participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

As a highly respected scientist, Professor McLean is a role model to all those wanting to pursue a career in this area, and will bring extensive knowledge and expertise to the role.

RAF quick reaction alert

Following widespread reporting online yesterday, there is further coverage in most print outlets today that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched to escort a commercial flight into Stansted.

A Royal Air Force spokesperson said:

We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby scrambled to escort a commercial flight into Stansted shortly after take-off due to reports of a disruptive passenger.

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