Staying ahead of the threat: together with 65 security experts we co-created the Dutch security innovation strategy for 2023

As part of a newly introduced national innovation strategy (‘het missiegedreven innovatiebeleid’), Fronteer was asked to map out the field of national security. The main project challenge was to understand future security challenges in order to kick-start and address innovation efforts that needed to be undertaken today. This was captured into a national innovation agenda 2023 (‘Kennis- en Innovatieagenda’).

A hand-picked security network

To get a full understanding of today’s and future security trends and challenges, we assembled and interviewed a hand-picked network of 65 security experts. This network covered a wide range of expertise including mental resilience, smart weapons, surveillances technology, artificial intelligence, VR/AR simulation, undermining and trauma.

Together with Dutch national security forces (i.e. ‘Landelijke politie, Koninklijke Marechaussee’), we first mapped out 161 existing innovation programs within the field of security. After a thorough and collaborative analysis we identified and prioritised ‘innovation gaps’ that needed to be addressed to counter future threats. These gaps were translated into new tangible innovation programs based on four categories: research, development, demonstration and implementation.

The security innovation agenda

Our efforts resulted in a security innovation agenda consisting of 2 multi-year innovation programs containing 7 sub-programs and 21 projects. This agenda includes topics like: smart sensing, data, training, framing of security, observation and interventions. Both, the innovation agenda and the matching national contracts were officially launched by ministers Carola Schouten, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, Bruno Bruins, Ingrid van Engelshoven, Stientje van Veldhoven and State Secretary Mona Keijzer.

The power of co-creation

As the security game is changing rapidly, Fronteer proved how expert co-creation can change this field for the better. All to make sure that The Netherlands is staying ahead of the threat.

Must watch: Missiegedreven innovatiebeleid 

Must read: Kennis- en Innovatie agenda


Photo: courtesy of Koninklijke Marechaussee

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