NATO: Rethink - Realign - React

At the beginning of June, the NATO Summit took place in Warsow. With reference to this event, the Institute for Eastern Studies in Poland published a composition of essays. The BIGS participated in this with an essay by Tim Stuchtey "Absolute vs. Comparative Advantage of Defense Industries in NATO Countries”. 

The complete compilation can be found here.

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Wachstum und Veränderung im Zeichen der Digitalisierung

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Standpunkt zivile Sicherheit

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Security Management Education in Europe

As part of the fit4sec research team, Alexis Below conducted a survey across Europe in which he analyzed the status quo of European security management education.

The survey serves as exploratory research into current offerings and developments in tertiary security management education to provide new insights and ideas for further research to interested scholars, educators and practitioners in Germany and elsewhere.

The study finds that there is a small number of relatively young programs in each country often based at universities of applied sciences with a strong focus on vocational training. While participants’ backgrounds seem similar across countries, most programs are nationally oriented with little to no formal internationalization. The complete survey can be found here.

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Die Sicherheitswirtschaft in Deutschland 2015

The annual survey, conducted by BIGS, measuring the overall contribution of Germany's security industry for the contry's composite security level since 2012.

The results for 2015 show that the security industry grew faster than the overall German economy. The complete survey can be found here.

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BMBF-Workshop on „Secure societies: unlocking innovation“

On November 8-9, 2016, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) organized a workshop at the Comics Art Museum in Brussels entitled: “Secure Societies: Unlocking Innovation. New Classes of Solutions for a Changing Threat Landscape.” The event was a chance for high-level speakers and participants from politics, governments, academia and practitioners to evaluate and offer new modes of development for Homeland and Civilian security research in the context of Horizon 2020. The workshop aimed at discussing expectations to and experiences with innovational economic assistance opportunities and their future prospects. The question how to optimize the contact possibilites between european Projects and institutions who work on them was one the points, which were up for discussion.

The discussion was centered on the following questions:

  • How can the private sector use market-based incentives and instruments to enhance innovation and increase market share in Europe?
  • What elements diminish innovation in civilian security research and what measures can governments, academia and the private sector take to counteract them?
  • What experience do participants have with European security research programs and what lessons can be learned for grant applicants and grant providers for the second half of the program?
  • How should security research in future European framework programs be designed?

The target participants for the event included senior company, university and research institution management responsible for R&D planning and execution as well as public and private end users.