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Managing European technology: defence and competitiveness issues

Objective



This proposal is submitted by the CREDIT Network, an independent academic network established in 1991 to develop studies of European defence S&T policy, and their relation to European RTD policy in general. CREDIT (Capacity for Research on European Defence and Industrial Technology) has demonstrated its creativity and responsiveness to user needs, together with its ability to manage collaborative projects, provide high quality analysis, and establish contacts with high-level decision-makers in government and industry across the European Union. It is for 360k ECU to develop the work of CREDIT as a THEMATIC NETWORK in order to:

- provide an EU-wide forum through which issues of post-Cold War developments in European RTD, and of competitivity with the USA and Japan, with particular reference to relations between civil and military RTD, can be explored in active dialogue with firms, governments and European institutions;

- draw together existing academic work in this field in Europe and, by subjecting it to rigorous comparative analysis, add value to it in the form of more systematic and complete studies, and policy conclusions, than could be achieved by the researchers acting alone;

- use the fact that a CREDIT member is executive secretary of the European Association for Research on Transformation e.V. to extend the network into Central and Eastem Europe, and countries of the former Soviet Union;
- via a planned sequence of meetings, which will involve participants from government and industry, disseminate the results of the programme at regular intervals, and produce a set of reports on these issues;
- consolidate the links made at national and European level with European industry and defence ministries and agencies through this Network by enlisting them in membership of the CREDIT network so as to secure continuing work with defence technology analysts on issues of common concern after TSER funding.

The network proposal responds to I.1.1 I.1.2 I.1.3 and I.2.1 of the TSER Work Programme. We suggest that any analysis of these questions that neglects the current activities and transformation of those parts of the European RTD system that were implicated in the Cold War, will be empirically incomplete, theoretically impoverished, and frustrate policy development for science, technology and industry at European and member state levels. With reference to the elaboration of sub-areas 1.1 and 1.2.1 given in the Guidance Note for applicants, our proposal should cast particular light on:

- the dynamic performance of European systems of innovation compared with those in the USA and Japan, as post-Cold War adjustments work through;
- the forces that are shaping technologies in their design, development, diffusion and implementation under the different social, cultural, economic, institutional and political pressures that are operating in different countries as they adjust to post-Cold War conditions;

- policy analyses of relationships between S&T policy and other policies (notably defence and industrial policies), and policy relationships between the European, national and regional levels.

- the future of competition and collaboration between the major regions of the industrialised world and between firms originating from those regions, as global restructuring takes place of that part of the high technology industries that has hitherto resided in the defence sector.

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