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Issue editors: Yantsislav Yanakiev, Giuseppe Vella

This Issue of the Journal of Defence & Security Technologies (JDST) is published by the Bulgarian Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov,” Sofia, Bulgaria. 
The main focus is on Defense Technology Foresight.
This volume is based on the results achieved in the framework of the European Defence Agency Project „Predictive methodologY for TecHnology Intelligence Analysis“(PYTIA) carried out in the period 2018-2020.
PYTHIA has received funding from the European Union's Preparatory Action on Defense Research under grant agreement No 800893.
The goal of PYTHIA this project is to design an innovative methodology that will predict the evolution of technologies through the analysis of technological trends. 
The innovative aspect of PYTHIA consists in its global approach. Indeed, the ambition of the project is not limited to only providing a technological forecast, but to evaluate the possible impact of the emerging technologies on the European Defense.

To achieve this goal, a consortium of 8 partners from 6 European countries manage this project by sharing their expertise, including: Engineering (Italy) – project coordinator, Zanasi & Partners (Italy) – scientific technical coordinator, Expert System (France), Hawk Associates Ltd (United Kingdom), Military University of Technology (Poland), ICSA (Intelligence Culture and Strategic Analysis) Foundation (Italy), Romanian National Defense University, Carol I, Bulgarian Defense Institute "Professor Tsvetan Lazarov" – project security officer.
Moreover, the project is supported by 24 stakeholders from 14 European countries.


JDST Cover vol. 1, no. 1Issue editors: Una Williamson, Nikolai Stoianov

This is the first issue of the Journal of Defence & Security Technologies (JDST), published by the Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov,” Sofia, Bulgaria. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of scientific journals presenting new re­search results and advances in technology, and many of their publications are rele­vant to the field of defence and security. And yet, the core of the editorial team decided to launch JDST, aiming to position it as a forum where research results and technological developments are presented and discussed in view of policy needs, in terms of both operational requirements and future capabilities, support to policy formulation, and the ways in which R&T facilitates innovation in defence and security.

This issue is focused on technologies in support of law enforcement agencies. Several of the contributions reflect research results in the HOMER (Homemade Explosives and Recipes Characterisation) project, supported by EU’s Seventh Framework Programme and aiming aim to develop a knowledge management platform which will improve the capacity of security and law enforcement agencies to deal with current and anticipated threats of homemade explosives.