By: Cpt. Christian Resch Research and Development Manager CBRN Defence and C-IED, Federal Ministry of Defence Austria

The technological change of the last decades not only has a fundamental social Led change, but also the armed forces face new challenges. New forms of conflict and “hybrid” threat images require comprehensive solutions and make new demands on capability development of armed forces to continue in the future as a “strategic action reserve”.

Defense research follows the requirements of military capability as a function of military and security competence. It establishes new forms of cooperation for innovation and technology development, both at European and national level. To ensure military innovation capability of the Austrian Armed Forces the defense research program “FORTE” has been established.

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