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FDI and National Security: Combining Public and Private Interests to Protect Swiss Interests
The most recent uptick in Chinese investments in Switzerland has prompted a debate about possible consequences for security and prosperity. So far, the discussion is black and white as state intervention is pitched against market-friendly approaches. This, however, misses the point. The world is about to enter a new phase of technonationalist protectionism. Dealing with this challenge will require a comprehensive approach that brings together all instruments – public and private. Three questions are key: How could foreign direct investments (FDI) endanger national security? Who should screen FDI? What to do if investments are declined? The Neue Zürcher Zeitung published the reponse by Heiko Borchert and Stefan Brem, Federal Office for Civil Protection (in German only).FDI and National Security: Combining Public and Private Instruments to Protect Swiss Interests
UDT 2018: Year of Engineering Talk and Future Undersea Market Opportunities
At UDT 2018 in Glasgow, Heiko Borchert gave the Year of Engineering (YOE) 2018 Talk and participated in a discussion on future undersea market opportunities.
In his YOE Talk Heiko Borchert provided a big picture overview of current geostrategic changes and their likely impact on the maritime domain and naval forces. In order to meet future requirements, naval forces will need to innovate. But military innovation is a complex undertaking that requires much more than technological excellence. Engineers, social scientists, management experts and lawyers and many others play a role in preparing naval forces for innovation. By bringing together all these experts, a holistic understanding of the need for innovation and the avenues to bring it to fruition can be established.
On the last day of the conference, Guy Stitt, AMI International, and RADM (ret.) Simon Williams, Chairman, Clarion Defense & Security, and Heiko Borchert explored future undersea market opportunities. Guy Stitt provided a broad overview of current and future procurement and modernisation plans. Heiko Borchert provided a case study on Arab Gulf undersea markets. He discussed Arab Gulf defense industrial ambitions and touched upon changes of the regions political and industrial networks.
Launch of the Vienna-based Center for Strategy, Economics & Technology
The Center for Strategy, Economics & Technology is an international group of experts that combines senior-level management and consulting expertise in public and private sectors with sound methodological know-how and innovative analytical instruments. CSET provides geostrategic and geoeconomic analyseis, develops and implements strategies, manages stakeholder relations, provices growth-oriented funding solutions, monitors technology trends, sets up research and industry consortia, and explores new product and market opportunities. Heiko Borchert is co-funder of CSET and runs the defense research activities in support of the Austrian Ministry of Defense.
The Diversity Challenge: Five Perspective on Eastern Mediterranean Geoeconomics
The Eastern Mediterranean is of fundamental geostrategic and geoeconomic importance as it connects Europe, the Levant, Arab Gulf countries, and Northern Africa. Given its prominent location, it is tempting to assume that different actors project power into the region, but this notion should be cautioned. the region's cultural background, current political systems, and economic competitiveness are very diverse. There are different loci of economic power that compete with each other, as Heiko Borchert outlines in a new paper written for the 2017 Kiel International Seapower Symposium. He argues that the region is on the tipping point of becoming the playground for a very complex strategic competition. This paper outlines some of the challenges by looking at trade, maritime transport, foreign direct investment, defense trade, and energy relations.The Diversity Challenge
Innovation on Command?
Innovation in defense and security is the talk of the town. The coalition treaty of the most likely new German government rides on this wave and envisions establishing a new "Agency for Disruptive Innovation in Cybersecurity and Core Technologies" (ADIC) to be established under the joint leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of the Interior. In a new paper published by Denkdwürdigkeiten, the Journal of the Politico-Military Society, Heiko Borchert argues that four factors are important for ADIC to succeed: (1) Be clear about what the strive for innovation is expected to achieve, (2) launch light house projects that underline how innovation can be achieved and how concepts and technology development need to match in order to accomplish operational added value, (3) incentivize, set up, and nurture a broad eco-system taking into account various different stakeholders, and (4) engage in market development, in particular view a view on exports.Innovation on Command
Defense Intellectual Capital Protection by Patents
Contemporary defense industrial strategies are driven by the assumption that innovative defense systems require global defense supply chains. Evidence based on patent filings by Airbus and Boeing suggests otherwise, argue Heiko Borchert and Christian Helmenstein in a paper published by European Security & Defence. They find that the strategic relevance of international cooperation to produce innovation is not as straightforward as commonly perceived. It seems that patent filings are more important to protect prouct development and market shares rather than to genuinly enable innovation work. This finding is important in view of Europe's strive for defense industrial competitivenessDefense Intellectual Capital Protection by Patents
Geopolitics for Managers: Presentation at the GCSP
Recently, the Financial Times argued that should play a prominent role in business school curricula. Against the background of fundamenal shifts in the current international system, the Geneva Center for Security Policy organized a two-day course in November 2017 to raise awareness for geopolitics among corporate leaders. Heiko Borchert gave a presentation on doing business in a chainging geostrategic environment. Among other things he said that strategic flows that are essential for global supply security will come under increasing pressure as a result of the geostrategic competition that grows ever more intense. He also talked about initiatives designed to create an alternative international financial architecture. In addition, Heiko Borchert also argued that in today's environment access to promising export markets in emerging countries is hardly possible without technology transfer. This, in turn, prompts challenging questions with regard to the interplay of sharing technology while at the same time keeping abreast of future competitors.
Innovation and Maritime Security. Presentation for EDA Conference
The future maritime domain might prompt the need for more unmanned and autonomous systems, but the way to achieve this will be challenging. This was one of the messages of Heiko Borchert's presentation at the Martime Security Conference organied by the European Defence Agency in Crete on 16 November 2017. Speaking on the panel addressing the interplay of innovation and technology, the presentation provided a glimpse into the future naval environment, addressed the current state of play for unmanned systems at sea out outlined building blocks for the way into the future.