GLOBSEC Future Security & Defence Council (FSDC)


GLOBSEC Future Security & Defence Council (FSDC)

The purpose of the GLOBSEC Future Security and Defence Council is to support NATO's ongoing defence innovation work by portraying key elements of a future NATO Defence Innovation Ecosystem.

FSDC has entered its second stage. You can find more information on its new website.

GLOBSEC is a leading authority on security matters in Central and Eastern Europe and proven institutional researcher of transatlantic security policies. GLOBSEC has formerly produced a ground-breaking study on NATO’s Adaptation Initiative, which influenced NATO’s policy processes. More recently, GLOBSEC led the NATO 2030 – Private Sector Dialogues, which, as argued by Dr. Benedetta Berti, Head of NATO Policy Planning, “contributed to inform the final NATO 2030 decisions taken at the Brussels Summit – for instance on subjects like innovation, climate change, and security, or resilience.”

Therefore, GLOBSEC possesses the network and extensive experience bringing together diverse stakeholders and structuring dialogues across the transatlantic domain to:

  • provide incentives for conceptual, organizational, and technological change which are mutually reinforcing
  • build bridges across traditional defence industrial players and new non-defence companies
  • join forces with the defence innovation activities of the European Union
  • stimulate thinking on new ways to best combine the defence industrial capacities of the larger and smaller NATO member states

The Council is supported by an Advisory Committee made up of renowned defence experts and champions of international diplomacy. It is designed to connect a diverse set of public and private stakeholders and act as a centre for idea generation and exchange that will deliver pragmatic policies and strategies.

The process includes regular meetings with Advisory Committee members and expert interviews to produce a final study with a set of recommendations and list of practical suggestions that will seek to influence the decision-making process of NATO and Allies in the drafting of the next Strategic Concept. Agility is, first and foremost a mindset, and thus is a key component of a much broader defence innovation framework that NATO needs to build and maintain. If NATO needs to become more agile, the question is how? To answer this question, the following agenda identifies key building blocks and research questions that will guide the Council's work:

  • The Future NATO Needs to Prepare For
  • The Capabilities NATO Will Need
  • The Problems NATO Needs to Address
  • The Defence Innovation Framework NATO Should Build

The Final Study was published in May 2022.



On 3rd May, we launched the report “Adaptive Portfolio: Catalysing NATO’s Performance Through Innovation” in Brussels.


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