008Rapid Developments in Stealth Technology.

Blue sky Policy Alert 008

FP7 themes health agro ict nano energy environment transport ssh space security
ERA goals mobility infrastucture rtd institutions knowledge sharing  joint programming  cooperation 
Author(s)Anthony Walker, Joe Ravetz, Rafael Popper, Thordis Sveinsdottir
Contributor(s)Anna Kononiuk, Denis Loveridge, Andrej Magruk, Dorota Pawlak, Sally Randles, Ozcan Saritas, Phil Shapira, Alexander Sokolov
ManifestationRapid development
Potential impacts in Europe
infrastructures
Major
people's lives
Critical
legislation & regulation
Major
economy & business
Moderate
defence & security
Critical
government & politics
Negligible
environment & ecosystems
Negligible
science & technology
Critical
Importance for EUModerate
Strategic attentionby 2030 Minor  by 2050 Moderate
Type of impactExtremely positive
Inspired byEC research on Nanosciences(Selfassembling and self-organisation)
Related toFP7 project: ENSEMBLE
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Rapid Developments in Stealth Technology.

Research topic

Stealth technology, which is currently limited to the military sector, is advancing fast. New players and rapid developments in nanotechnology indicate that developmental leaps may be on the horizon. This may lead to stealth technologies becoming more readily available for other sectors and even for public consumption. Potential applications of this technology are numerous and military interest is growing. This would have extensive impact on security measures, traffic control, crime prevention and military operations.

 

Objective

Research should focus on understanding the ways in which stealth technology could impact on wider society, and propose ways of responding to new threats that could potentially arise from stealth technology becoming more readily available. Research could also focus on public perception of stealth technology and examine stakeholder attitude in order to better predict social acceptance of stealth technologies. Research could focus on how systems of traffic control and security would need to adapt should stealth technology become readily available.

 

Expected impact

The research will a) inform counter strategies within the sectors of security, traffic and crime control, devise strategies for appropriate policy responses across EU; b) inform common legislation and regulation across EU; c) inform business enterprise and innovation in this field;

 

Importance for Europe

Advances in stealth technology could potentially have serious implications for Europe and it is vital that research underpins any policy response from the EU. Common regulation is also necessary and EU needs to take initiative to formulate a response should stealth technology enter the public domain. EU policy could then provide blueprint for any policy response from the member states.

 

Disclaimer: The wild card presented in this brief may not happen at all or in the near future. iKNOW is a new EU funded research project aimed to explore surprising events (wild cards) and emerging issues (weak signals) potentially shaping or shaking the future of Europe and the world.