Breakthrough speech at European Defense Agency

November 13th 2016 - 00:00

On November 10, 2016, Stephan de Spiegeleire gave the 'breakthrough speech' at the European Defense Agency's annual conference in Brussels. His presentation, titled "And Now… The Future!", was a clarion call for Europe to take the lead in the transition towards a post-industrial form of 'armed force'. The conference was attended by approximately 500 representatives from across the European defense spectrum - governments, armed forces, industry, EU institutions, NATO, think tanks and media.

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Stephan De Spiegeleire is Principal Scientist at HCSS. He has Master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University in New York, as well as a C.Phil. degree in Political Science from UCLA. He worked for the RAND Corporation for nearly ten years, interrupted by stints at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the WEU’s Institute for Security Studies. Mr. De Spiegeleire started out as a Soviet specialist, but has since branched out into several fields of international security and defense policy. His current work at HCSS focuses on strategic defense management, security resilience, network-centrism, capabilities-based planning, and the transformation of defense planning.