First summit on European security and defence in Berlin

On April 25 and 26, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host the first “Future of European Defence Summit” under the aegis of Javier Solana, formerly General Secretary of NATO and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy. More than 100 leading figures from politics, the military, and business will meet in Berlin to discuss the future of European defence.

General Patrick de Rousiers (Chairman, EU Military Committee), NATO SACEUR Admiral James Stavridis, and Dr. Javier Solana (from left)

Among them will be members of the German federal government and the German Bundestag, high ranking participants from European countries such as the Belgian Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem, former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon as well as representatives of NATO, the EU, and the European Defence Agency (EDA). They will be joined by senior members of the military, such as NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) James Stavridis, General Lothar Domröse, Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command, and Patrick de Rousiers, the EU’s top military official. Industry representatives including EADS CEO Thomas Enders as well as leading experts and think-tank representatives will also take part in the debate.


Pooling and sharing – a joint security and defence policy for Europe
Are European nations ready to take a joint approach to military capability building? What core defence capabilities are essential, and what are the consequences of such priorities for industry? Questions like these shall be examined at the Summit, to make closer European cooperation on defence issues possible.

“Despite a great deal of lip service to the contrary, we still tolerate a highly inefficient level of military and industrial fragmentation,” says Wolfgang Ischinger, MSC chairman. Such fragmentation comes with a high price. As he explains, “This lack of cooperation and harmonization constrains our ability to act on issues of defence policy, and generates unnecessary costs for taxpayers. European-wide pooling and sharing is the answer to both Europe’s shrinking defence budgets and its growing responsibility.”

In December 2013, Europe’s heads of state will also take up the topic of European security and defence at the European Council.

McKinsey & Company contributing as knowledge partner
The Munich Security Conference is cooperating with top management consultancy McKinsey & Company as knowledge partner of the Summit. As nonpartisan, independent institutions, the MSC and McKinsey each contribute a broad network and relevant expertise, creating the optimal conditions for leading decision makers to meet and discuss their ideas.

To encourage open discussion, participants in the 2013 Future of European Defence Summit will observe the Chatham House Rule.

About the Munich Security Conference
Founded in 1963, the Munich Security Conference is the world’s leading independent forum on security policy. Each year the MSC brings together senior figures from around the world to engage in intensive debate on current and future security policy challenges.

About McKinsey
McKinsey & Company is the leading top-management consultancy both in Germany and worldwide. Currently, 28 of the 30 DAX-listed companies are McKinsey clients. McKinsey is also active in the public sector in Germany and other countries, supporting officials to master a range of challenges – including those related to tight defence budgets.

25 April 2013, by MSC