ARES – Armament Industry European Research Group
The Armament Industry European Research Group (Ares Group) was created in 2016 by The French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), who coordinates the Group. The aim of the Ares Group, a high-level network of security and defence specialists across Europe, is to provide a forum to the European armament community, bringing together top defence industrial policy specialists, to encourage fresh strategic thinking in the field, develop innovative policy proposals and conduct studies for public and private actors.

Group members
The club brings together experienced armament policy and defence industrial policy experts, working accross European universities and think tanks.

• Publications:
- Comments: short-format opinion pieces
- Policy Papers: medium format notes
- Reports: long format studies
These publications are freely available on the Group’s website. Policy Papers and Reports are written jointly by two or more experts to provide a cross-eyes approach to one subject.
• Two annual seminars take place in Brussels and Paris supported by the material produced by the Group.
Defence innovation: New models and procurement implications. The Estonian Case
By Tomas Jermalavicius, Head of studies at the International Center for Defence and Security (ICDS) and former Deputy Director of the Defence Policy and Planning Department of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, and Martin Hurt, Research fellow at ICDS, former Undersecretary for defence investments at the Lithuanian MoD.

What scope for EU-US Defence Industrial Cooperation in the 2020s?
The European Defence Fund and Space: Added Values and Priorities
by Paul Weissenberg, Former Deputy Director General at European Commission and Member of the Air and Space Academy, and Xavier Pasco, Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)
Defence Innovation: New Models and Procurement Implications. The German Case
by Christian Mölling, Research Director, DGAP, and Torben Schütz, PhD Student, Helmut Schmidt University (University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg)
Defence Innovation: New Models and Procurement Implications. The British Case
par Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society, RUSI
Linking PESCO and EDF: Mechanisms and Political Choices
Defence Innovation: New Models and Procurement Implications. The Finnish Case
by Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Defence Innovation: New Models and Procurement Implications. The Italian Case
by Alessandro Marrone, Head of Defence Programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali, and Andrea Gilli, Senior Researcher, NATO Defense College, Affiliate at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation
Defence Innovation: New Models and Procurement Implications. The French Case
Defence Innovation: New Models and Procurement Implications. The Spanish Case
by Carlos Martí Sempere
National Expectations regarding the European Defence Fund: The Greek Perspective
By Yvonni-Stefania Efstathiou, European External Action Service
Jean-Pierre Maulny, Olivier de France, Sylvie Matelly, Édouard Simon

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