March 1, 2013

Dual-use research and technology workshop held at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences

On February 21, the International Centre for Defence Studies, in partnership with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, held a half-day workshop on dual-use research and technology (R&T). The workshop was aimed at exploring the potential for closer collaboration in R&T between Estonia’s defence, civil security and public safety agencies. It was attended by more than 40 representatives of ‘end-user’ organisations (the Estonian Defence Forces, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Rescue Board, the Estonian Security Police, the Maritime Administration, the Estonian Information System’s Authority, the Tax and Customs Board), the ministries of defence, the interior, economic affairs and communications, and education and research as well as by representatives of the science and technology community and the defence industry.

On February 21, the International Centre for Defence Studies, in partnership with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, held a half-day workshop on dual-use research and technology (R&T). The workshop was aimed at exploring the potential for closer collaboration in R&T between Estonia’s defence, civil security and public safety agencies. It was attended by more than 40 representatives of ‘end-user’ organisations (the Estonian Defence Forces, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Rescue Board, the Estonian Security Police, the Maritime Administration, the Estonian Information System’s Authority, the Tax and Customs Board), the ministries of defence, the interior, economic affairs and communications, and education and research as well as by representatives of the science and technology community and the defence industry.

1.03.2012
On February 21, the International Centre for Defence Studies, in partnership with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, held a half-day workshop on dual-use research and technology (R&T). The workshop was aimed at exploring the potential for closer collaboration in R&T between Estonia’s defence, civil security and public safety agencies. It was attended by more than 40 representatives of ‘end-user’ organisations (the Estonian Defence Forces, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Rescue Board, the Estonian Security Police, the Maritime Administration, the Estonian Information System’s Authority, the Tax and Customs Board), the ministries of defence, the interior, economic affairs and communications, and education and research as well as by representatives of the science and technology community and the defence industry. The event was used as a platform:
• to share information about institutional R&T policies, strategies and practices;
• to identify and discuss areas where functional (mission and task) linkages and collaboration between national defence, security and safety exist in Estonia;
• to identify areas of knowledge and technology where commonalities exist and/or are essential to collaboration and mission success;
• to assess the potential for inter-agency collaboration in various domains of R&T;
• to discuss possible ‘business models’ (governance, financing, implementation, oversight and impact) for inter-agency collaboration in dual-use R&T in Estonia.
Participants were able to draw upon the experience of Finland in this area: Col Mika Hyytiäinen of the Finnish National Defence University presented various conceptual, policy and practical aspects of the Finnish efforts to develop synergies between civilian security and defence R&T. Results of the workshop will be integrated into a forthcoming ICDS policy paper, which is expected to provide a new impetus for the inter-agency approach to civil security, public safety and defence R&T in Estonia.

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