Germany should rather ask itself which innovative technologies represent low-hanging fruit, which are useful to the Bundeswehr’s mission requirements, and ideally, which complement research pursued by its European allies.”
In an op-ed published in the Handelsblatt’s Global Edition, Avascent’s Lars Miethke calls for Germany to develop a bespoke commercial and defense innovation strategy, based on the US’s Third Offset Strategy and the UK’s Defence Innovation Fund. The initiatives of the US and UK sees the country’s defense communities work with the commercial technology space in the hopes of staying on the cutting edge of innovation that changes every day.
While the core of the US Third Offset Strategy portfolio focuses on militarily useful artificial intelligence, directed energy weapons, and autonomous aircraft and ships, Miethke argued that Germany may not decide to invest in advanced offensive systems in the same way, but needs a clear plan for ensuring its forces have access to the most innovative technology they need to accomplish their missions, wherever they may be. Miethke noted that tech hubs like Silicon Valley can be found in Germany – Darmstadt for software, Aachen for manufacturing, or Munich and Hamburg for aerospace – and it is up to the German Defense Ministry to reach out to these clusters and enable non-traditional suppliers of innovative technologies to compete with the established defense industrial base and provide more affordable, cutting-edge solutions to the Bundeswehr.
Read the full op-ed here: The Digital Deterrence Dividend.