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January 2015

  • Security research policymakers mull new approaches to promoting dual-use security capabilities, with emphasis on technology clusters

    Security research policymakers mull new approaches to promoting dual-use security capabilities, with emphasis on technology clusters

    By BROOKS TIGNER GENOA – The EU intends to work more closely with national and regional policymakers and industry to put more emphasis on so-called “smart specialisation” where local companies band together to exploit their industrial strengths. The concept has been previously applied to a number high-tech areas, but is now focusing on security technologies and those than lend themselves to dual-use (civil-military) application. This accompanies a recent shift in emphasis in the use of the EU’s multi-billion euro “Structural Funds”, which support economic development across the 28 member states. The funds will increasingly be used to support dual-use technology development, for example. There will also be a change in the way security technology priorities are set and achieved. Since its inception in 2007, the EU’s Security Research objectives have largely been determined by the Commission and the 28 national governments. However, with many of the security projects ready to enter commercialisation, the concern now is to ensure that the fruits of security research are tailored to local and regional conditions in order to deliver real benefits to the citizen in terms of security and economic growth. One way to gain economies of scale in this regard would be for... Read More »
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