On 19 October, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre published a report on “Identifying future critical technologies for space, defence and related civil industries”. You can find the document at this link JRC Publications Repository – Identifying future critical technologies for space, defence and related civil industries (europa.eu), as well as attached (for your convenience).
In a nutshell, the report identifies 46 emerging technologies for space, defence, and civil industries, and focuses on four critical technologies with a high level of impact and a high probability of future EU dependence on others: i) quantum communications; ii) space platforms; iii) integrated photonics; and iv) nuclear micro-reactors. For each of these four technologies, it includes a series of recommendations to address risks, challenges and future dependencies.
The report also summarises 10 clusters of topics related to technology development and adoption, including geopolitics, cooperation, investment, market, skills and knowledge, ethical issues, regulations and standards, technology development, twin transition and security of assets, and data and communications.
The report can support further research and policy developments.
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