Security and defence
Director: Jean-Pierre Darnis
Senior fellows: Federica Di Camillo, Alessandro Marrone, Nicolò Sartori
Researchers: Tommaso De Zan, Paola Tessari, Alessandro Ungaro
Junior Researchers: Cristian Barbieri, Daniele Fattibene, Ester Sabatino, Paola Sartori, Alessandra Scalia
Scientific advisors: Vincenzo Camporini, Michele Nones, Stefano Silvestri
The IAI Security and Defence (S&D) Programme works at the crossroad of four strands: the policies adopted by national and international institutions and organizations in the security and defence field; the relevant industrial and technological dynamics; the operational developments in the military and civil security areas; the politico-strategic interaction in the Euro-Atlantic framework. This represents a unique expertise in Italy.
The S&D Programme has developed a decade-long experience on EC-funded projects, already since the Sixth Framework Programme through the Seventh one up to Horizon 2020. At the same time, the Institute has performed research activities for the European Defence Agency, the European Parliament, the European Space Agency, NATO and various Italian and foreign actors, both public e private ones. Moreover, since the 2000s regular analysis are published on the IAI website regarding European defence as well as defence budgets and industry.
The S&D team runs research projects, writes and edits scientific publications, and organizes both public conferences and closed-door seminars, on the basis of a multidisciplinary approach looking at the strategic, political, institutional, legal, economic, operational and technical aspects of the subject of analysis. The subjects include internal security, Italy’s defence policy, Italian and European space policy, the aerospace, defence and security industry, l’Europe de la défense and the EU Common Security and Foreign Policy (CSFP), NATO and Euro-Atlantic security, international security.
Through the years, the S&D Programme has built-up a wide network of relations with Italian institutions (the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Parliament, the Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Economic Development), as well as European and transatlantic organizations, and interlocutors from the private sector in Europe. Such a network ranges from policy-makers to end-users, also through the researchers’ active participation in platforms for research and development. At the same time, the S&D team has cooperated with more than 100 think tanks, institutes and universities in Europe, North America and EU neighbourhood – a cooperation resulted in various research projects and studies in recent years.
The current reality of S&D Programme builds upon an tradition initiated back in 1967 with the first IAI research activities on security issues, at that time carried out in partnership with major American and Western European think tanks. Through the following decades, the research focus has included different but complementary issues, from the Cold War-era NATO “southern flank” to the European integration process in the defence field developed in the 1990s.
Currently, the S&D Programme relies on 10 in house researchers, by ensuring a proper mix of senior and junior expertise. They work together in various research groups flexibly tailored according to the subject of analysis. Today, such modus operandi allows the S&D Programme to simultaneously work on more than 20 research projects in a synergic way.
Start/End: 2016 - 2017
CIVILEX has the objective to identify the communication and information systems in use within the EU Civilian missions, understand stakeholders’ requirements and offer possible recommendations for...
Start/End: 2016 - 2016
The project “Putting the EUGS into action: developing EU/EDA added value in support of security and defence”, started in May 2016 and set to last 7 months, is coordinated by IAI and seeks to...
REACHING OUT - Demonstration of EU effective large scale threat and crisis management outside the EUStart/End: 2016 - current
Effective EU support to a large external crisis requires new approaches. In response to this challenge and to identified user and market needs from previous projects, Reaching Out proposes an...
Start/End: 2016 - 2016
The project’s objective is to further explore from different perspectives the role of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) within the European and national security framework. The results of...
Start/End: 2016 - current
The project aims at stimulating the Italian public debate over defence issues, in particular on the role of NATO in the current international context and Italy’s defence...
Start/End: 2014 - 2015
The project aimed at examining the evolution of the concept of security, with a focus on European Union and its direct neighborhood. EvoCS provided an overview of the dimension and complexity of...
Start/End: 2015 - current
The project NOSY (New Operational Sensing sYstem) is focused on the development of a new monitoring system equipped with miniaturised sensors which could, in case of suspicious substances,...
Start/End: 2015 - current
Starting 1 July 2015, the Instituto Affari Internazionali will be involved in the GovSatCom feasibility study project. The project, which is financed by the European Defence...
Framework contract for Permanent Monitoring and Analysis of military capabilities and defence sector trendsStart/End: 2015 - current
The project PMA, which is set to last four years and is coordinated by IAI, is aimed at providing a constant monitoring of military capabilities of EU Member States and other associated countries...
Multiple Framework Contracts (with Reopening of Competition) for the Provision of Research, Evaluation and Analysis Related ServicesStart/End: 2015 - current
The consortium led by the IAI was pre-selected, together with few others consortia, for a four-year framework contract aimed at providing EDA timely analyses on European Defence Technological...