Defense Technology Foresight

Ongoing projects

Continuous support of R&T planning for the BMVg

  • Defense Technologies Forecast (WTV): continuous study of selected individual topics and further development of the process (commissioned by BMVg), in various formats since the mid-1970s
  • R&T country reports — analysis of international defense technology research (commissioned by BMVg), ongoing since 2005
  • Future R&T situation: process design and implementation; the main event is the annual Future R&T Situation Conference (commissioned by BMVg), since 2017
  • KATI (Knowledge Analytics for Technology and Innovation): development of a software system for data and text analysis and its utilization for future analysis, innovation management and defense technology foresight, ongoing since 2015. 


Other selected projects for the German defense sector

  • Literature research “Chemical and physical hydrogen storage” (Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants WIWeB), 2020
  • European defense research analysis (BMVg), 2019
  • In-depth technology analyses: sentiment analysis, transcranial stimulation (BAAINBw), 2017–2018
  • Desulfurization of fuels for mobile use (Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants WIWeB), 2017
  • Counter-UAV (Bundeswehr Research Institute for Protective Technologies — CBRN Protection WIS), together with the EME business unit, 2017
  • Trend management system (non-technical study commissioned by PlgABw), 2016–2017


Support for R&T planning for the European Defence Agency (EDA)

  • High Power Electromagnetic Munitions HPEM (EDA project 19.RTI.NP.419), together with the EME business unit, 2020–22
  • Technology Foresight Follow-On TFFO / Technology Foresight Workshops TFWS (EDA project 17.ESI.OP.373), together with Isdefe (Spain) 2017–2022
  • Overarching Strategic Research Agenda OSRA (EDA project 15.ESI.OP.162), together with FOI (Sweden), TNO (Netherlands), Isdefe (Spain), 2016–2017
  • Technology Watch Follow-On TWFO (EDA project 15.ESI.OP.201), together with Isdefe (Spain), 2016–2017
  • Technology Watch Pilot Study TWPS (EDA project 14.CAT.OP.076), together with Isdefe (Spain), 2015


Other projects for European and international institutes

  • Contributions to “Teknisk Prognos / Technology Forecast” (commissioned by the Swedish procurement agency FMV), ongoing since 2009
  • DECISMAR — “Development of a Decision Support Toolbox for enhancing the feasibility study of the Upgrade of Maritime Surveillance through the integration of legacy assets with new innovative solutions” (project for the EU Commission as part of the “European Defence Industrial Development Programme EDIDP” subcontracted by ETME, Greece), 2020/21–2024


Collaboration on projects for civil clients

  • RuLe — Resilience of Urban Living Spaces (as part of the BMBF-funded Fraunhofer InnoPush program), 2021–2022
  • KResCo — Crisis management and resilience — Corona (Fraunhofer), 2020–2022
  • InnoBOSK — Innovation forum for networking BOS and SMEs for innovative solutions and civil security research (German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing BAM), 2021
  • KI KRITIS — Artificial intelligence: Impact on Critical Infrastructure Protection (German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance BBK), 2021
  • FRAME — Fraunhofer Microelectronics Innovation Enhancement (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Executive Board; founding project of the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research), 2017–2021
  • Foresight Fraunhofer (President of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) 2018–19
  • Space 2040 — Future foresight 2040 (German Aerospace Center space management), 2017–2018
  • SOURCE — Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security (EU FP7 project SEC-2012.7.4-2), 2014–2018
  • Lage.DE — Analysis of the structural situation of the defense industry in Germany (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy BMWi), 2015
  • Individual industrial projects in collaboration with the CTF business unit