ASD Paper

Why Europe Needs its Defence Industry

ASD highlights the need for a strategic shift to reinforce Europe's defence capabilities, urging a sustained commitment to defence industrial capacities to navigate evolving security challenges.

In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Europe finds itself at a crucial juncture in reevaluating its security landscape. ASD highlights the need for a robust defence industry that encompasses credible armed forces, cutting-edge technology, and a collaborative approach to procurement.

The changing security paradigm

The fundamental shift in European security dynamics demands a departure from the notion that soft power alone is sufficient for peace and stability. The ability to deter potential adversaries now requires not only dialogue and trade but also a readiness for protracted, large-scale, and high-intensity combat operations.

Why Europe needs its own defence industry

The Ukrainian conflict underscores the critical importance of a European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB). ASD advocates for such a base due to several key reasons:

  • Credibility and deterrence: a strong EDTIB enhances the credibility of Europe's armed forces, crucial for deterrence.
  • Security of supply: a European industrial capacity ensures a secure supply chain, especially during crises or disruptions.
  • Sovereignty and flexibility: Europe's defence ministries are able to have control and understanding of equipment, and benefit from customisations and modifications for their specific needs.

Recommendations from ASD

  • Implement a comprehensive strategy supporting EDTIB, with policy instruments and financial incentives.
  • Boost the European Defence Fund's budget, focusing on critical capability areas.
  • Support industry access to finance and investment, fostering economic security.
  • Incentivise smaller Member States to join cooperative programmes for increased access and involvement.
  • Foster defence industrial cooperation with non-EU European countries and international organisations, enhancing collective security.

Why Europe Needs its Defence Industry

Download ASD's paper highlighting the need for a strategic shift to reinforce Europe's defence capabilities, and urging a sustained commitment to defence industrial capacities to navigate evolving security challenges. Published by ASD in October 2023.

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