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Defence innovations: a journey to the future

Ever faster technological change is setting the pace of our societies and citizens’ lives. It’s no different in the defence realm: the level of protection a state or a group of nations can provide to its citizens is tantamount to its capability to defend against or embrace technological disruption, today and in the future. Hence the importance of strategic and technological foresight to make sure Europe’s armed forces invest today in the right capabilities for tomorrow.


Interview with Airbus Defence and Space CEO Dirk Hoke

dirk-hoke-profileIn an exclusive interview with European Defence Matters, Airbus Defence & Space CEO Dirk Hoke shares his views and analysis on the prospects and challenges of future European collaborative defence projects. He also touches upon cyber defence, the potential of the proposed European Defence Fund, possible Brexit implications on defence as well as the European Defence Agency’s role in facilitating defence cooperation and strengthening Europe’s defence technological and industrial base.

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Step by step: European MALE RPAS takes shape

Over the past 20 years, a number of defence specialists and observers have repeatedly pointed out a paradox. Despite a growing operational need for long endurance remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) within the European armed forces, and the existence of a recognised competent and competitive aeronautic industrial base in Europe, Member States are still dependent on non-European suppliers for large RPAS.

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CARD: Implementing European solidarity in defence

When the European Coal and Steel Community was created in 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schumann declared that “Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.” This pursuit of solidarity is the leitmotif that runs through the evolution of the Union as we know it today, which over time has formed one of its fundamental pillars. Today, nowhere is this solidarity more relevant than in the area of defence and security, where Europe faces renewed challenges such as instability on its borders, terrorism and hybrid threats.

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CYBRID conference in Tallinn: strategic responses to strategic threats

For Estonia’s first EU Presidency, the country’s Ministry of Defence teamed up with the European Defence Agency (EDA) to host EU CYBRID 2017, the first ever European strategic cybersecurity table-top exercise.

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Jüri Luik Estonia’s Defence Minister

Cybersecurity, European defence cooperation and more


Optimizing Europe’s Main Battle Tank Capabilities

In the light of current threat assessments and the evolving strategic situation in Europe and its wider neighbourhood, Main Battle Tank (MBT) capabilities have regained  importance. While some EU Member States exhibit conspicuous and disconcerting MBT gaps, others possess large and costly overcapacities. The European Defence Agency’s (EDA) initiative to optimise existing MBT capabilities by pooling and sharing available assets offers  benefits to all. 

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Cleared for take-off: ETAC opens in Zaragoza

8 June 2017 marked a significant day in the history of the European Defence Agency (EDA) with the opening of the European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC) in Zaragoza, Spain. The Head of the Agency, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq were welcomed by Dolores de Cospedal, Minister of Defence of Spain for the opening ceremony of Europe’s first dedicated centre for tactical airlift.

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