The European Defence Agency Project Strategy-Oriented Analysis of the Market Forces in EU defence (SOLOMON) intends to merge the two complementary visions of grand strategy (as it emerges from EU geo/political/economic postures) and business strategy (as it emerges from the Michael Porter’s value chain theory) to outline the possible roadmaps for tackling the supply risk of the EU defence systems in a world of changing strategies, emerging technologies and mutating government restrictions.
It will make possible for the EU and its Member States to understand the dependencies of the European defence systems from raw materials, technologies and components, also if originating in extra-EU countries, and to prioritise them within a strategic technology foresight context, as explicitly foreseen by the text of the PADR-STF-02-2018 call.
To reflect on these developments, the Journal of Defence & Security Technologies (JDST) is going to publish a Special Issue on “EU Defence Industry non-dependency as a means to achieve the EU Strategic Autonomy”.
The SOLOMON project aims at showing ways for the EU defence industry to gain technology non-dependence and enjoy an uninterrupted supply from trusted sources, including non-EU countries, regarding raw materials, components, technologies and disruptive capabilities.
Interested authors are invited to submit an original contribution addressing one or more of the following proposed topics:
• The Value chain analysis method;
• The value chain of the European Defence System;
• The value chain of the EU naval armament systems: key players, components and EU dependencies;
• The value chain of the EU land armament systems: key players, components and EU dependencies;
• The value chain of the EU air defence systems: key players, components and EU dependencies;
• The value chain of the EU space armament systems: key players, components and EU dependencies;
• The value chain of the EU cyber armament systems: key players, components and EU dependencies;
• The value chain of military services: key players and their role in security services;
• The EU defence industry supply and availability risks;
• Mapping of ITAR and other non-EU sourced components and materials in the defence systems developed by the EU industry and used and to be used by the EU armed forces;
• Identification critical technology building blocks and possibly components for future systems and disruptive capabilities for which European technology non-dependence;
• Possible approaches to assess the supply risk of technologies and their criticality for the armed forces and the EU defence industry;
• Ideas for production of technology roadmaps, including cost, substantiated predictions, and suggestions of business models for selected technologies, taking into account supply risk and criticality;
• Formulation of recommendations on how to improve the EU Defence Industry non-dependency as a means to achieve the EU Strategic Autonomy.
This is not an exhaustive list. Any additional topics in the framework of the Call are welcomed.
Editors: Prof. D.Sc. Yantsislav Yanakiev from the Bulgarian Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov”, Dr Giuseppe Vella from Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Italy, Col. D.Sc. Norbert Palka from the Military University of Technology, Poland and Col. Dr Stefan-Antonio DAN-SUTEU from “CAROL I” National Defence University, Romania will serve as co-editors of this special volume.
Deadline: Authors are invited to submit full texts (using the JDST template in ODT format or JDST template in DOCX format) by the end of October 2021. The template and the requirements for formatting can be done using the JDST template in ODT format or JDST template in DOCX format.
We accept articles in English language only.
Expected date of publication: The online publication of this special issue is scheduled for November 2021.
Prof. D.Sc. Yantsislav Yanakiev
Bulgarian Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov”
2 Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov Blvd.
1592, Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel. + 359 2 92 21862
Fax + 359 2 92 21808
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E-mail: y.yanakiev [at] di.mod.bg