Dr Henrik Heidenkamp
Position: Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society
Dr. Henrik Heidenkamp is a Research Fellow for the Defence, Industries and Society Programme (DISP). His current research interests are the strategic role and changing boundaries of the private sector in defence, the reform of national and European acquisition and in-service processes, future requirements and programmes, needed skills and competencies in the public and private sector, commercial risks and returns on investment in the defence market, strategic narratives of corporate conduct in defence, and contemporary aspects of European security and defence policy.
In addition to his research activities, Henrik is a lecture, consultant and frequent media commentator (Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Gulf News, Economic Times, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, etc.) on European security and defence policy and defence industrial policy. Furthermore, he acts as a mentor for the Joint RUSI/University of Roehampton Business School PhD Programme.
Prior to joining RUSI, Henrik has worked as a post-doctoral fellow for Queen's Centre for International Relations (QCIR) at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and as a research fellow for the Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He conducted research on contemporary aspects of national security and international relations, maritime security (as part of the project network PiraT, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and the impact of the global economic and financial crisis on security and defence policies.
He also worked for the military policy branch (Fü S III 2) of the German Ministry of Defence (BMVg), Berlin, Germany. His key responsibilities included the drawing of strategic security and defence policy papers as well as speeches on various security and defence topics for the political and military leadership of the BMVg. Further he authored regional policy papers for Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Africa and the Broader Black Sea Region.
Henrik received the degree of Magister Artium (M.A.) in political sciences and economics by the University of Mannheim, Germany and was awarded the title of Dr. rer. pol. by the Helmut-Schmidt-University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. His dissertational thesis examined the stress ratio between the global, national and alliance determinants of the development process of the German Federal Armed Forces at the beginning of the Twenty-first century.
He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the German Atlantic Association and the Research Forum International Security (WIFIS).
'The UK's Defence Information Superiority Challenge', in Hewlett-Packard UK Public Sector Journal (Issue 1, April 2013), pp. 8-13.
(With Trevor Taylor), 'A Submarine Construction Capability for Scotland', Written Evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, January 2013
'Vom Einsatz her denken', in Internationales Magazin für Sicherheitspolitik (No. 1, January 2011), pp. 37-38.
'Transformation Under Fire - Counterinsurgency as a Litmus Test for the German Federal Armed Forces', International Relations and Security Network, July 2010.
'Die Neubestimmung der Rolle der Bundeswehr in der multipolaren Weltordnung', in Reader Sicherheitspolitik (June 2010), in German.
Der Entwicklungsprozess der Bundeswehr zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts: Wandel im Spannungsfeld globaler, nationaler und bündnispolitischer Bestimmungsfaktoren, Sicherheit in der multipolaren Welt, Volume 1, June 2010, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, Peter Lang Verlag, ISBN 978-3-631-60107-5.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
A Parliamentary Benchmark for UK Defence Acquisition Policy
5 Feb 2013
For many years, British defence acquisition has been mired in problems and controversy. Now, the House of Commons Defence Select Committee has issued a new report, generating a coherent target list and creating a parliamentary benchmark for defence acquisition policy.
A Sea Change in Germany’s Defence Export Policy?
7 Nov 2012
Does the approach of the current German government to defence exports represent a shift away from the restrictive political principles for the export of military equipment established in January 2000? (Free access)
Germany’s Defence Industrial Policy Dilemma
19 Jul 2012
Germany has historically restricted defence exports in fear of contributing to international insecurity. Now, recent steps to reform restrictions on defence exports has once more fuelled a debate that goes to the heart of Germany's political consciousness, while highlighting one of Germany's fundamental defence industrial policy dilemmas.
German Defence Exports in Perspective
29 Mar 2012
Dr Henrik Heidenkamp assesses recent developments in German defence exports and examines how they impact on the country’s foreign, security and defence policies
Workshop Report: Returning Sovereign Wealth
3 Nov 2011
An examination of the opportunities for repatriating and reinvesting stolen assets, specifically considering the contribution of private investigators to the recovery of stolen assets