NATO: Rethink - Realign - React

At the beginning of June, the NATO Summit took place in Warsow. With reference to this event, the Institute for Eastern Studies in Poland published a composition of essays. The BIGS participated in this with an essay by Tim Stuchtey "Absolute vs. Comparative Advantage of Defense Industries in NATO Countries”. 

The complete compilation can be found here.

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Wachstum und Veränderung im Zeichen der Digitalisierung

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Standpunkt zivile Sicherheit

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Security Management Education in Europe

As part of the fit4sec research team, Alexis Below conducted a survey across Europe in which he analyzed the status quo of European security management education.

The survey serves as exploratory research into current offerings and developments in tertiary security management education to provide new insights and ideas for further research to interested scholars, educators and practitioners in Germany and elsewhere.

The study finds that there is a small number of relatively young programs in each country often based at universities of applied sciences with a strong focus on vocational training. While participants’ backgrounds seem similar across countries, most programs are nationally oriented with little to no formal internationalization. The complete survey can be found here.

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Die Sicherheitswirtschaft in Deutschland 2015

The annual survey, conducted by BIGS, measuring the overall contribution of Germany's security industry for the contry's composite security level since 2012.

The results for 2015 show that the security industry grew faster than the overall German economy. The complete survey can be found here.

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fit4sec - Centre of Excellence for Security and Technology

The Centre of Expertise for Security and Technology – fit4sec – was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 2013 until the end of 2016 as part of the 1. initiative “Deutsche Antragsteller fit für Europa” (German Applicants fit for Europe). This so called lighthouse project aimed to pool the expertise in the German security sector so as to successfully form German-European research alliances together with academic partners and end-users. The intention of this was to improve the initial position of German enterprises for participating in European security research projects.fit4sec also developed tools whereby security research findings can be applied efficiently in academic and vocational training. This will help counteract the future shortage of qualified personnel in the civil security sector.

Among the core team of fit4sec – comprising the IABG in Ottobrunn and Berlin, Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin and the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich (UniBwM) – the work of BIGS (“Capacity Building for a European Security Research”) focused on socio-scientific aspect of security research (in particular in the field of  societal resilience).

The core results of the project are documented in the final project report. More information on the project (on how to become a partner) and the successor project BERKoS (Building European Consortia for Security Research) can be retrieved from the Website.