Defense and security experts proved on the first day of the Aerospace and Defense Industry Seville Summit on November 22 and 23 this Tuesday that technology is a decisive factor in deterring new hybrid threats such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine. .
Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, Head of the Office of National Security in the Presidency Cabinet, stated in his speech that NATO has moved from “collective defense” to “deterrence” in new hybrid strategies supported by technologies.
At the panel “Defense as guarantor of collective security in democratic countries”, Ballesteros noted that “technological diversity” requires continuous planning over time and greater investment in R&D to face challenges such as cyberattacks, misinformation and actions in space.
Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Philip Breedlove “The brutal war in Ukraine reminds us today that we must remain prepared and vigilant should it be necessary to take action to defend the alliance”.
According to him, in a scenario where the airspace is closed, existing preparation based on the investment of the armies and the training and education of the army against an “enemy who wants to use his power” is necessary. It is the next “big step” for threat defense.
Although only “25 percent” of the world’s population lives in democratic countries, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, former vice-president of the Spanish Government and partner of the Cuatrecasas, said that in the new paradigm countries’ strategy “to seek the cracks in our societies” to demonstrate the “benefits” of “autocratic models” like Russia. “It stands.
As such, Europe’s response includes a geopolitical strategy that has “an intersecting thread with monetary policy, finances and defence,” while fortifying itself against cyber risks and disinformation to defend democracy.
In Spain, the aerospace, defense and security-related sectors had an impact on GDP of 17,100 million euros – 1.45% of the total – in 2021, although they did not reach the minimum, according to data provided at the event. The 2% set by NATO at the Madrid Summit.
For Raúl Blanco, Secretary General for Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, “increasing public-private sector cooperation, continuing support for industry through programs” and taking advantage of the “opportunity of improvement plan” are the steps that need to be taken in technological progress. Position Spain on the continent.
Blanco highlighted the “resilience and technological capacity” of the Spanish sector present in European projects such as the Future European Combat Air System (FCAS) program or the development of the VCR 8×8 vehicle for the Army in Europe.
Exactly, Ángel Escribano, president of Escribano Mechanical & Engineering, one of the companies that is part of the European tool project of the future, highlighted the effort to increase the commitment to “investment” and “innovation” in development. It is one of the latest technologically advanced defense systems.
The Summit is an initiative co-organised by Fibes and receives broad support from the private sector, with Escribano Mechanical & Engineering as a strategic partner; Hispasat, Hisdesat, Indra and GMV in the role of global partners; Navantia, SAPA, Tecnobit and GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas as sponsors; Lockheed Martin and MBDA Spain are collaborators and Vueling is responsible for official transportation.
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