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Project at a Glance

The main objective of the project is to study and give practical recommendations for the transformation of security and defence related R&D management into a more comprehensive and integrated defence industry system in support of new network enabled capabilities needed in the fight against terrorism and new security threats. Thus a new Concept and Model for defence R&D management will be elaborated to serve as an integrator of National Defence and defence industries. Its purpose is to help in the transformation and internationalization of presently fragmented and nationally oriented defence industries and as side effect to solve challenging social problems stemming from defence industry crisis. The national and regional defence industries are isolated and a new level of regional cooperation as well as international cooperation is needed.

The main objective of the project is to study and give practical recommendations for the transformation of security and defence related R&D management into a more comprehensive and integrated defence industry system in support of new network enabled capabilities needed in the fight against terrorism and new security threats. Thus a new Concept and Model for defence R&D management will be elaborated to serve as an integrator of National Defence and defence industries. Its purpose is to help in the transformation and internationalization of presently fragmented and nationally oriented defence industries and as side effect to solve challenging social problems stemming from defence industry crisis. The national and regional defence industries are isolated and a new level of regional cooperation as well as international cooperation is needed.

The R&D, superiority in sectors of technology and intellectual property are important assets of the Defence Industry. Their management and further improvement are inevitable prerequisites for future success. The management of R&D activities is comprehensive and has to be steered within a strategic framework which is based on security needs and economic prospects. Ad-hoc employment state support has to be reoriented toward a strategy for support and building of specific R&D advantages.

The strong practical result will be the R&DCM. The Model shall explicitly show the specific average advantages which the Defence Industry can benefit and/or the scientific areas which have to be developed and supported if there is a gap between the current level of capabilities and politically adopted concepts. Therefore the setting-up of requirements for new R&D activities in the participating nations will be based on the respective national capabilities assessment and will improve the relations between the nations and between their administration and business.

As NATO member countries Bulgaria and Romania need a NATO-compatible Defence R&D Concept and Model which is the basis for development and further improvement of areas such as Military Codification and NATO Standardization, management of Joint Projects and setting-up the requirements for the Defence Industry. Other nations in the SEE region may wish to follow suit.