Defence Industry & Acquisition

RAND Europe offers a wide range of expertise in the areas of strategy and concepts, force planning, procurement, industrial base and military operations. We have worked with numerous European defence organisations, in particular the UK Ministry of Defence, the French Ministry of Defence and the European Defence Agency.

This expertise is particularly important as globalisation has blurred the boundaries between internal and external aspects of security, and European forces are now dealing with conflicts that are becoming increasingly congested, cluttered, contested, connected and constrained.

Featured Research

  • Engineer showing apprentice how to use drill in factory

    Building evidence on defence-related skills

    RAND Europe and the Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini are building the evidence base on shortages, gaps and mismatches in defence-related skills. The research aims to deliver a sectoral skills strategy that is agreed and validated by stakeholders.

Selected Research

  • Silhouette of helicopter with soldiers conducting rescue operation

    Collaborative investment in military multirole helicopters can save money

    Researchers identified four areas of potential savings that could result from cooperation among European Defence Agency member states in developing, acquiring, operating, and supporting light-weight and medium-weight multirole helicopter programmes.

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    Opportunities for collaborative armoured vehicle investment

    The European Defence Agency noticed an opportunity to align their member states' armoured vehicle fleet procurement and development programmes and plans. Researchers identified five potential collaboration models that could offer financial, operational, and strategic benefits compared to purely national efforts.

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    Ensuring key skills and competences for defence in the governmental domain

    To help the EDA maintain key skills and competences across the defence sector, RAND Europe developed a taxonomy of skills in the governmental domain required for a functioning defence procurement system. The researchers also assessed the current demand and supply for those skills across Europe.

  • Cyber data map of Europe

    Exploring Europe's defence capability requirements for 2035 and beyond

    A multi-disciplinary study on behalf of the European Defence Agency found the need for conventional weapons systems will persist and the need for cyberspace capabilities will increase. Also, more coordination of existing R&D programmes is needed across the various EDA member states.

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    Defence Equipment Cost Escalation Requires Response Strategies

    The challenge of affordability is shaping the defence acquisition environment in most Western countries. Researchers identified several strategies that are transferrable from one country to another and from civil sectors to defence.

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    Reforming NATO's Cyber Acquisition Process

    NATO's cyber acquisition process must be adaptive, capable of attracting new entrants and incorporating new technologies. This project aims to define the challenges NATO faces in adjusting its cyber capability development and acquisition processes and make recommendations on how to address them.

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    Additive Manufacturing and Obsolescence Management for Defence

    To help defence policymakers understand the background and context regarding industrial 3-D printing and whether it could be useful for managing obsolescence in defence systems, RAND Europe collected and synthesised opinions of researchers in manufacturing and defence.

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    Exploring Future Technology Landscapes

    In recent decades, the centre of gravity for defence innovation has shifted from defence to the civilian sector. The UK MOD has developed successful approaches to improve its engagement with external innovators but should review its wider engagement across the supply chain, recognising that the civil sector now dominates most of the UK technology landscape.