A constant eye on the future: Identifying Europe's capability requirements for 2035

December 6th 2017 - 14:19

Effective military capabilities can take decades to research, develop, procure, field and integrate. But new threats can emerge with little warning. To address this imbalance, European militaries and the European Defence Agency (EDA) must plan ahead to anticipate future capability needs and adapt to the fast pace of change in the technology and threat environments. Alex Hall, James Black and Marta Kepe of RAND Europe and Frank Bekkers of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) describe and analyse the background and importance of the ongoing long-term revision of the Capability Development Plan (CDP).

Read the article in European Defence Matters magazine.

Frank Bekkers is Director of the Security Program. He is also theme leader of the Strategy and Change Program. He studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam and spent most of his career at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), specializing in the area of Defence, Safety & Security. At TNO, he held a range of positions, including program manager, senior research scientist, group manager and account director. From 1996-1997, he worked as program manager for Call Media and Intelligent Networks for the telecom company KPN.