The European Defence Agency has a unique structure that brings together each aspect of the defence process, from cooperation planning, through capabilities, research & technology, armaments cooperation, to industry and market, as well as wider European policies. This structure allows the Agency to anticipate and react rapidly to developments; maintain its operational output; facilitate the prioritisation of tasks; and serve the needs, expectations and interests of Member States effectively and efficiently. EDA currently has some 130 staff.
Led by Claude-France Arnould, EDA's Chief Executive who is supported by Rini Goos, Deputy Chief Executive, the Agency’s organisational structure comprises since 1 January 2014 three operational directorates (Cooperation Planning & Support, Capability, Armament & Technology, European Synergies & Innovation).
Additionally, the Corporate Services directorate ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of the Agency through its Human Resources, Finance, Legal and Contracting, IT, Infrastructure and Security units.
The Strategy and Policy unit works in support of the Agency’s top management and Steering Board. It acts as the secretariat of the Steering Board and coordinates policy matters with other EU bodies: the European External Action Service, Council, EU Presidency, and European Commission; and with third parties (European Space Agency, OCCAR, NATO) and third states.
The Media and Communication unit is in charge of relations with the press, EDA’s publications, audiovisual production, website, main conferences and other external communication with the defence community.