Sharpening the Falcon's Claws: How the UAE is Strengthening its Defense Capabilites and Reshaping the National Defense Industrial Base
The UAE is emerging as a serious geoostrategic player that is gradually projecting power beyond the Arabian Gulf into the Eastern Mediterranean as well as Northern and Eastern Africa. The country's growing economic ties with trade partners in the Asia-Pacific region drive its strategic interests eastwards thus outlining the future geostrategic trajectory of the UAE. Right on time for IDEX2017 Heiko Borchert and Shehab al Makahleh analyze how this shift unfolds in an new paper published by European Defence & Security. The paper shows how this shiftdrives the UAE's procurement and defense industrial priorities, and sheds light on upcoming collaborative defense industrial opportunities.Sharpening the Falcon's Claws
Waiting for Disruption?! Undersea Autonomy and the Challenging Nature of Naval Innovation
This paper co-authored by Heiko Borchert, Tim Kraemer and Daniel mahon looks at the mechanics of military innovation to sound a cautionary note on the current and future use of undersea autonomy. It starts from the premise that undersea autonomy is not yet as inevitable and disruptive as many believe. In particular, this is because of the current threat environment, the limited scope of current missions for unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs), and the prevailing technology push. For undersea autonomy to lead to disruptive and discontinuous changes in undersea warfare, navies will need to understand how to translate technological advancements into operational advantages. This will require navies, industry and science partners to develop a better understanding of the interplay between operational needs, cultural predispositions, organisational and resource needs, and technological options. The paper has been published in the RSIS Working Paper series of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.Waiting for Disruption?!
Catch of the Day: Reflections on the Chinese Seizure of a U.S. Ocean Glider
The seizure of an unmanned underwater vehicle of the U.S. Navy by China on 15 December 2016 prompts several questions related to the use of unmanned systems in a non-benign naval environmant. This article focuses on three aspects: (1) The vulnerability of unmanned assets makes them attractive targets and challenges strategic communication, (2) the readiness to lose unmanned assets is a key policy challenge, and (3) the need to think about more nuanced counter-responses is growing. This article was published online by the Center for International Maritime Security.Catch of the Day
Arab Defense Industry Papers: New Series Launched
Conventional wisdom considers Arab nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to be leading importers of modern defense systems. Although this is true, it is only half the story. Since the late 1990s and early 2000s it has become increasingly clear that ambitious Arab nations that strive for more political and economic clout are using defense industries as an instrument to shape regional developments. In particular, Arab nations have grown increasingly ready to knit an ever-closer network of defense industrial relations among them. The dawn of a new Arab defense industrial network is of utmost strategic importance but has not received enough attention by defense analysts. Against this background Borchert Consulting & Research AG and Verocy have launched the new Arab Defense Industry Paper (ADIP) series. The inaugural paper co-authored by Heiko Borchert and Cyril Widdershoven provides an overview of the developments that are nurturing this increasingly important network.The Dawn of a New Arab Defense Industrial Network
White Paper to Support Austria's Forthcoming Cyber Security Law
Until 2018 the Austrian government wants to adopt the first national cyber security law. But what should be the focus of the new law? In response to this question, the Kuratorium Sicheres Österreich led a one-year public-private stakeholder process to produce a White Paper, which was presented on 13 June 2016 in Vienna. The White Paper, written by Wolfgang Rosenkranz and Heiko Borchert, presents the main findings thereby focusing on eight key topics: legal definitions, protection targets, information collection and data protection, incident-related information exchange, preventive information exchange, incident response, procurement, and liabilities.KSÖ White Paper: National Cyber Security Law
UDT2016: Autonomy and Robotic Systems in the Undersea Environment
Undersea autonomy is about more than technology. In particular it requires new and innovative concepts of operations that translete technological innovation into operational advantage. This was one of the key message of the opening panel on day two of the UDT2016 in Oslo. The panel featured Captain Björn-Erik Marthinsen, Chief of Mine Warfare Flotilla, Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN), RADM Simon Williams, Chairman Clarion Defence & Security, and Heiko Borchert. For more, see Heiko Borchert's blog post on LinkedIn.
German Defense Exports: Why "The Team" Matters
It is all about the team! This is one of the key lessons to be learned for Germany's future defense export policy after the Australian Government selected France's DCNS as the preferred design partner for the Future Submarine Program on 26 April 2016. A team approach to defenes exports requires Germany to (1) embrace defense exports as a means to advance German foreing and secuirty policy goals, (2) to flesh out thematic, regional, and technological priorities for international defense exports, (3) strenghten institutions to promote defense exports and (4) develop a strategic narrative for Germany's international defense industrial cooperation. This is the key message of Heiko Borchert's OpEd for Griephan, Germany's key defense and security newsletter.German Defense Exports: Why "The Team Matters"
Why Undersea Drones Will (Not Yet) Change Asia-Pacific's Undersea Balance
Unmanned and autonomous undersea vehicles (UUVs) are the latest newcomers to planned U.S. force posture in the Asia-Pacific region. What are the likely missions and what might be the impact of UUVs on the region's undersea balance. Click here to read Heiko Borchert's analysis published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.
Verocy and Borchert Consulting & Research AG Set Sail for MENA/Gulf Region
Verocy and Borchert Consulting & Research AG will jointly offer consulting services and advice on critical infrastructure-related risk and value management for clients in the MENA/Gulf region. Among others the joint offer includes geopolitical risk assessments and country risk studies as well as industry sector analyses with a focus on energy, transportation, and defense and security. Technical solutions for social media monitoring and critical incidents tracking support the team's risk assessment portfolio. Verocy was established in 2016 and is headquartered in the Netherlands.
SEA1000: Why Australia should go with Germany for its future submarine project
Australia is in the midst of evaluating its strategic partner for SEA 1000, the Future Submarine Project. Germany shares with Australia a fundamental interest in the long-term stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. This explains the strategic relevance of bilateral relations. With SEA1000, Australian-German cooperation would enter a new era. Against this background, Berlin considers Canberra a strategic value partner that deserves being supported in an unprecedented way, as Heiko Borchert argues in a paper for The Diplomat.Why Australia should go with Germany for its future submarine project