Contact Matthew Summers

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • Operational Analysis and Simulation
  • Safety, Resilience, Risk & Reliability
  • Systems Engineering


After graduating with a Master's Degree in Physics from Aberystwyth University in 2002, Matt spent 11 years working for the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. His early career was spent working on, and then leading, the MOD's underwater environmental protection research programme, examining the impacts of acoustics on sensitive marine species and developing operational mitigation solutions for the Royal Navy. Upon transferring to Dstl Porton Down in 2006, Matt led the consolidation of Dstl's environmental impact capabilities into a single team and became its Technical Capability Leader. Over the following 2 years, Matt oversaw the team move beyond an environmental focus towards sustainable procurement and sustainable development in the military context. In 2009, Matt went on secondment to MOD HQ where he authored the policy and processes for integrating sustainability into capability planning. Upon returning to Dstl, he took up post as a Programme Leader in the Dstl Programme Office, securing MOD support and funding for a new Sustainability Research Programme. Matt transformed this programme into the Resilience Research Programme in 2011, introducing new concepts such as energy security, critical resources and improved decision making. Matt then took up a post as Group Principal within an operational department in 2012 where he led the technical development of a group focused on analysis of complex cross-capability issues. After leaving Dstl in August 2013, he joined Cranfield in September that year in the Centre for Systems Engineering. In February 2016, Matt moved to the Centre for Defence Acquisition before returning to the Centre for Systems Engineering in December 2018. With the restructure of the Centre in summer 2019, Matt became the Head of the Technology Management Group within the newly established Centre for Systems and Technology Management.

Current activities

Matt's research interests focus on the procurement, operation and support of complex systems and systems-of-systems that are designed to be resilient to external and self-generated disruptions. His current research is developing new methods to measure resilience capacities of high adaptable defence systems and the benefits this could deliver within a strategic procurement context.

In addition to his research, Matt also provides consultancy to UK and European Governments, and several major international industrial companies within the field of general acquisition and, more specifically, resilience.

Matt is the Course Director for the Defence Acquisition Management MSc and teaches on a number of modules across this degree. He also teaches on both the Systems Engineering for Defence Capability MSc and the Programme and Project Management (Defence) MSc, where he is the Module Leader for the Advanced Lifecycle Processes, Introduction to Defence Capability and Supply Chain Management modules.


  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • European Defence Agency
  • Finland MOD
  • Finnish National Defence University
  • Met Office
  • Ocado Technology
  • Polaris Consulting
  • QinetiQ
  • RAND Europe
  • UK MOD - Defence Equipment & Support
  • UK MOD - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • UK MOD - D(Strategic Programmes)


Conference Papers


  • Summers MP (2018) Resilience in defence supply chains. In: Defence Logistics: enabling and sustaining successful military operations, London: Kogan Page, p. 91-113.
  • Crook R & Summers MP (2018) Defence logistics information systems. In: Defence Logistics: enabling and sustaining successful military operations, London: Kogan Page, p. 345-356.