Eu Defence Research: The case for an EU-funded defence R&T programme - February 2016

by European Union Institute for Security Studies

Europe’s security environment has changed dramatically over the past few years, with consequences that now directly affect EU citizens. Conflict and instability in Europe’s neighbouring areas have created spill-over effects that now concern practically the entire EU. External engagement, now coupled with domestic vigilance, has therefore become a critical necessity which requires adequate means. To ensure its long-term security, Europe needs political will and determination underpinned by a broad set of relevant policy instruments, including strong and modern military capabilities. Investing in future-oriented defence research programmes today is crucial to developing the capabilities that will be required tomorrow. [...]