September 27, 2010

Inter-agency Research and Technology (R&T) Strategy for Defence, Security and Safety

On Monday, 20 September, a seminar “Inter-agency Research and Technology (R&T) Strategy for Defence, Security and Safety: Is It the Way Forward for Estonia?” was held in Tallinn. The seminar was co-organised by the ICDS, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, which also hosted the event, and the Estonian Ministry of Defence. Attended by 50 participants from more than 15 Estonian governmental, scientific and private sector organisations and from 10 foreign organisations, the seminar aimed to promote an understanding of the benefits, the potential scope, the limitations and the means of achieving an inter-agency approach to R&T in defence, security and safety.

On Monday, 20 September, a seminar “Inter-agency Research and Technology (R&T) Strategy for Defence, Security and Safety: Is It the Way Forward for Estonia?” was held in Tallinn. The seminar was co-organised by the ICDS, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, which also hosted the event, and the Estonian Ministry of Defence. Attended by 50 participants from more than 15 Estonian governmental, scientific and private sector organisations and from 10 foreign organisations, the seminar aimed to promote an understanding of the benefits, the potential scope, the limitations and the means of achieving an inter-agency approach to R&T in defence, security and safety.

27.09.2010
On Monday, 20 September, a seminar “Inter-agency Research and Technology (R&T) Strategy for Defence, Security and Safety: Is It the Way Forward for Estonia?” was held in Tallinn. The seminar was co-organised by the ICDS, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, which also hosted the event, and the Estonian Ministry of Defence.
Attended by 50 participants from more than 15 Estonian governmental, scientific and private sector organisations and from 10 foreign organisations, the seminar aimed to promote an understanding of the benefits, the potential scope, the limitations and the means of achieving an inter-agency approach to R&T in defence, security and safety. The event was conducted in anticipation of the NATO Research and Technology Board (RTB) Fall Meeting, which started on 22 September in Tallinn.
The speakers at the seminar were Dr. Robert Walker, Chairman of NATO RTB, Dr. Raffaele Esposito, Honorary Chairman of NATO Industrial Advisory Group, Dr. Brian Christiansen, Chief Capability Area – Cyber Defence & Information Assurance, NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), Col. Marek Kalbarczyk, NATO RTO Coordinator at the Polish Ministry of National Defence, Dr. Paul Narum, Director General of the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), and Mr. Pieter J. Keuning, Director of R&D at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.
Their presentations were followed by a discussion session during which it was emphasised that an inter-agency approach in R&T is necessary to ensure cost savings and the interoperability of various systems and technologies employed by the governments in their security, safety and defence functions, the boundaries between which are becoming increasingly blurred. The importance of getting involved in multi-national knowledge networks such as NATO RTO was also highlighted in the discussion. At the same time, it was pointed out that an inter-agency approach has its limits: each organisation has its own unique mission and requirements, which means that not all of its R&T agenda intersects with R&T strategies of its sister agencies. On the other hand, even where there is some common ground, stovepipe policymaking processes in different government organisations mean that this common ground often remains unidentified and unexploited. Furthermore, government agencies must become smarter in defining their own requirements and understanding the added value that science and technology can bring before they start comparing notes with each other and translating them into a common inter-agency R&T strategy. In the meantime, the scientific community must become much better at communicating this added value to policymakers and demonstrating how R&T investments enhance capabilities, improve processes, facilitate transformation and assist in mitigating uncertainties about the future security environment which both governments and multi-national alliances constantly have to manage in their strategies. Last but not least, it takes a lot of patience and long-term efforts aimed at building awareness, trust and cooperation between government actors, the scientific community and industry – nationally and across borders – for any genuine inter-agency and multi-national R&T strategy to succeed.
Presentations of the speakers at the seminar are available for download below. Dr Robert Walker-Chairman-NATO RTB.pdfDr Raffaele Esposito-Honorary Chairman-NIAG.pdfDr Brian Christiansen-Chief Cyber Defence and Assured Information Sharing-NC3A.pdfCol Marek Kalbarczyk-NATO RTO coordinator-Polish MOND.pdfDr Paul Narum-Director General-FFI.pdfPieter J Keuning-Director R&D-Netherlands MOD.pdf

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