The latest European Defence Matters magazine is now available with a special focus on the EU’s Space Strategy and its implications, opportunities and challenges for Defence.
NEW: the magazine is now also available ONLINE in a user-friendly, state of the art responsive lay-out and accessible via all your devices: smartphone, tablet or desktop! Check it out HERE
Space-based civilian services have become indispensable in everyone's daily lives. Think of satellite TV, mobile phones, navigation systems in cars or taking the plane. But Europe’s space policy is also gaining prominence in the context of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP): space-based communication, situational awareness, and navigation and earth-observation capabilities play an increasingly critical role in security and defence.
Against this backdrop, the new Space Strategy for Europe takes on a wider, much more significant meaning. For the first time ever, the EU identifies space as a ‘strategic asset’ for strengthening European security & defence and even a core element in achieving Europe’s objective of ‘strategic autonomy’.
Reason enough to make of ‘Space & Defence’ the main dossier for this 13th edition of European Defence Matters. We analyse the Space Strategy’s defence-related aspects and repercussions, especially in connection with the Commission’s European Defence Action Plan (EDAP), and give the floor to the main actors in this field: European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European External Action Service’s (EEAS) special envoy for space François Rivasseau, EU Satellite Centre (SatCen) director Pascal Legai, European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jan Woerner as well as European Defence Agency (EDA) Chief Executive Jorge Domecq. To hear the European space industry’s views, we speak to Jean-Loïc Galle who is not only CEO of Thales Alenia Space but also President of ASD-Eurospace.
Frank Haun, the President & CEO of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Co-CEO of KMW+Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS), is our guest for this edition’s ‘Industry Talk’ in which he makes a plea for consolidation and streamlining to strengthen Europe’s defence industry.
In the same vein, the head of McKinsey & Company’s activities in the defence sector in EMEA, Wolff van Sintern, tells us in a very interesting interview how important it is for Europe to overcome the current fragmentation of its defence market, to boost cooperation and to achieve greater integration based on standardized requirements and equipment.
The analysis by Daniel Fiott (Security & Defence editor at the EU Institute for Security Studies) of the EU’s defence policy 60 years after the Treaty of Rome is another highlight.
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A final word on the new ONLINE format of European Defence Matters which will make your reading experience even more comfortable:
- in addition to the print version, the online version occasionally offers expanded articles and supplementary pictures
- articles and pictures can be shared instantly via Twitter, LinkedIn and Email
- the magazine’s ‘Explore’ section allows you to easily access the European Defence Matters archive and revisit articles of previous editions
- by joining us via www.eda.europa.eu/webzine, you will have access to the latest issue and the possibility to navigate through the previous editions by using the ‘Explore’ function.
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