Defence, Industry and Research Strategy (DIRS)

The DIRS aims at developing and consolidating a Belgian Defence Technological and Industrial Base that:

  • contributes to supporting the national security and defence policy and strengthening the EU’s open strategic autonomy;
  • positions Belgium as a relevant, reliable and competitive technological partner in European and trans-Atlantic capability development;
  • guarantees the degree of national autonomy required in critical fields as regards scientific research, technological expertise and industrial capacity;
  • generates the necessary economic and social return in the form of knowledge, technology and employment.

In order to sustainably strengthen the Belgian DTIB, the following principles will be applied: inform stakeholders, facilitate and support the partnership between the government, companies, knowledge and educational institutions and research centres, optimal management of the instruments provided and the allocated budgetary resources as well as protecting and anchoring the economic and social potential in the form of knowledge, technology and employment.

Download Document Defence, Industry and Research Strategy
Download presentations given at the press conference: DutchFrench