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Foundations of Defence Industrial Co-operation between Western States and Emerging Powers

Henrik Heidenkamp, Gabriela Thompson, Pierre Bontems, Bouchra Carlier and Axel Pilottin
Occasional Papers, 29 May 2014
Defence, Industries and Society, Defence Management, Europe, Pacific
A joint paper with Accenture explores some of the obstacles to defence industrial projects between Western states and emerging powers

As inherently dynamic, non-linear and risk-intensive endeavours such partnerships must embrace principles of effective governance and risk management – particularly in the day-to-day delivery of joint-ventures.

It further stresses that viable government-to-government defence industrial partnerships are clearly dependent on healthy government–industry relationships and must be unpacked by governments in close dialogue with all relevant stakeholders.

About the Authors

Dr Henrik Heidenkamp is a Research Fellow in the RUSI Defence, Industries and Society Programme (DISP). His current research interests are the role of the private sector in defence, national and international defence management approaches and contemporary aspects of European and international security and defence policy. Henrik is also a lecturer, consultant and frequent media commentator on European security and defence industrial policy (including for Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Gulf News, Economic Times, Deutsche Welle and Reuters). He teaches regularly on the National Generals and Admirals Course (LGAN) of the German Armed Forces Staff College and acts as a mentor for the RUSI/University of Roehampton Business School PhD Programme.

Gabriela Thompson is a researcher with the DISP as part of the RUSI/University of Roehampton Business School PhD Programme. She has completed an LLM in the Law and Politics of International Security (Specialisation) at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, during which she focused on the human dimension of defence and security. This culminated in the combination of the disciplines of law, politics and social anthropology in an LLM dissertation analysing the human dimension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Gabriela also holds an MA in Legal Studies and Politics from the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests lie in a multi-disciplinary analysis of the various forms that human security can take, as well as of the human dimensions (or lack thereof) in defence and security policies and approaches. Her PhD focuses on the managerial approach to defence in the UK and its impact on British defence identity.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 289,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of $28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 August, 2013.

Henrik Heidenkamp
Associate Fellow
Henrik is a RUSI Associate Fellow supporting RUSI’s research into the public-private... read more

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