The TCM CapTech meetings are held 3 times per year, with a maximum duration of 2 days. The relevant information sharing and coordination activities take place in its Workspaces. Prior or right after a CapTech meeting, a workshop or seminar might take place.
To become a CapTech member (CapTech Governmental Expert – CGE - or CapTech non-Governmental Expert - CnGE), please follow the instructions included in the R&T General site, and be aware that your request will be forwarded to the relevant CapTech National Coordinator - CNC. The approval of the CNC will be needed to become a CGE or CnGE, and also for your participation in a CapTech event.
The activities of the CapTech TCM are guided by the Technologies for Components and Modules CapTech Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). The CapTech started by identifying and investigating the future critical defence technologies, the related risks, gaps, challenges and required European collaborative R&T measures in the area of electronic and photonic technologies for components and modules. The work of the CapTech revealed that the main gaps regarding specific military system requirements are technical and supply chain related. In view of facilitating the establishment of future development/procurement programmes or systems for TCM technologies, the CapTech developed technology roadmaps for the Strategic Research Agendas (SRA). Resulting from this analysis, 60 technologies in electronics and opto-photonics were found to be specific to defence and requiring attention from the military stakeholders. These technologies are critical and require sustained investment in innovation and supply chain sources for Europe. In line with the OSRA methodology, they have been grouped in 6 domains and 13 Technology Building Blocks (TBBs). These TBBs have been mapped with the EDA Capability Development Plan (CDP) for the system related functions and their key performances with expected impact on CDP priorities.
As an implication for military stakeholders, the CapTech distinguished a need for a strategy on European Technology non-Dependence (ETnD), so as to secure the European long-term position in the defence supply chain and to achieve the EU's level of ambition. It will then be possible to gain global competitiveness in several of these technologies and related defence capabilities.
Another proposed direction is to expand the synergies with civilian dual-use technologies. . Developing core technologies and a shared supply chain with coordinated initiatives should provide a higher European leverage for European stakeholders and TCM users.
Based on the SRA, any CapTech member can propose ideas for new activities (projects, workshops, seminars, etc.) at any meeting. The active involvement of non-governmental members in proposing solutions for governmental needs, with a consistent and systematic ground for dialogue can definitely encourage cooperation.