A key priority for Europe
Security has become a major concern for Europe. Be it terrorism, radicalisation, illegal immigration, organised crime, cyberattacks, online disinformation campaigns – today’s security threats are complex, often interconnected and transnational. Consequently, no country can cope with them alone, and European cooperation has become a must. At the EU-level, this has led to numerous policy initiatives and instruments.
Industry as an indispensable technology provider
Industry has the know-how to develop, in partnership with decision-makers and practitioners, technological solutions that are needed to cope with today’s security challenges. Obviously, technology by itself cannot provide security. However, in our complex and connected modern societies, it is an indispensable enabler for security. Industry therefore makes a major contribution to a more secure Europe.
In particular for the protection of critical infrastructure, public administrations and external borders, dependence on third-country suppliers can itself become a security risk. In order to ensure security of supply of critical technologies from trustworthy sources, Europe has not only an economic, but also a strategic interest to have on its territory a vibrant European security industrial and technological base.
Security in ASD
As the voice of security industry in Europe, ASD aims to provide a clear and coherent narrative about the benefits, constraints and aspirations of the sector. It does so mainly through its Security Business Unit (SBU) which brings together senior representatives from European companies and associations. The SBU’s main objective is to inform relevant EU policies and to improve business preconditions at the EU level. It strives for the development of a genuine security industrial strategy, contributes to the preparation and implementation of the EU security research programme and works towards the creation of an internal market for security. The SBU is currently chaired by Mr David Luengo from Indra and vice-chaired by Mr Giorgo Mosca from Leonardo.