The Business Unit “Defense Technology Foresight” provides Technology Analyses and Strategic Planning for the Federal Ministry of Defence (FMoD) and its subordinated offices.
The technology-oriented futures research of our interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers serves to provide defense clients with reliable guidance and recommendations for action on likely developments in science and technology, including the defense technological and military implications of such developments. Emphases are placed on the early detection of new technological developments and emerging technologies of potential relevance in defense, as part of a comprehensive technology monitoring system, on the identification of related opportunities and risks of such developments for defense purposes, and on the assessment of the related technological relevance. The further development of defense research planning processes moreover is supported by observing and analyzing respective international processes and strategies.
To provide such decision support for research planning in defense, we apply methods of scientific foresight analysis, non-technical studies, and aspects of concept development & experimentation (CD&E). The most prominent product of this Business Unit is the quarterly “Defense Technologies Forecast (WTV)”, providing on behalf of FMOD analyses of relevant current technological developments and emerging technologies, reviewing current state, future potential and implications for research and technology planning, and deriving recommendations for the uptake of findings in the planning process.