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Our history

We've been adding value to our customers for over 30 years...
1984 – CORDA set up within CAP Scientific to help the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) with its complex procurement decisions. We used operational research techniques to advise the MoD on the cost and performance of different procurement options.
1988 – CORDA wins contract to provide on-site support to the Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC), a relationship unbroken to this day.
1989 – CORDA becomes part of Anglo-French SEMA group.
1990 – CORDA provides in-theatre support to Op Granby in Iraq.
1991 – With the creation of BAe Sema, CORDA becomes part-owned by BAe.
1998 – CORDA wins first contracts with NATO and deploys analysts into Balkan theatre.
1999 – With the formation of BAE Systems, CORDA becomes wholly owned by Europe’s second largest defence contractor.
2001 – CORDA moves to its current home in the Farnborough Aerospace Centre.
2005 – CORDA is awarded the Maritime Surface Effects contract, a £10 million enabling contract for the UK MoD.
2008 – CORDA wins its first energy and resilience contract.
2009 – CORDA wins its first contract with the NHS.
2011 – CORDA services all of BAE Systems' home markets, with analysts working on five continents.
2013 – CORDA is awarded the Operational Analysis Collaboration (OAC) contract to help the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) prepare for the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015.
2014 – CORDA becomes one of the first corporate partners of The OR Society, the UK professional body for operational research, demonstrating the strength our expertise.
2015 – CORDA is awarded Dstl’s Analysis Support Construct (ASC) contract, set up to support UK defence and security decision-makers over three-five years.