With the mission to support the EDA Member States and the European Council in the improvement of defence capabilities, EDA naturally adopts a capability-driven approach.
All work underdone by the Agency strives for improving European defence capabilities. This involves a wide-ranging perspective as the capability of the European Union and its Member States to act in a crisis will often be reliant on factors such as the strength of Europe’s industrial base through both the provision of contractual support and ensuring security of supply, and also the ability to address technology challenges through Research and Technology.
Hence, the three directorates of EDA have been set up to act in an integrated manner to produce defence capabilities. The capabilities based approach starts with an understanding of those defence capabilities required to meet the needs of current and future challenges. A major tool for the identification of priorities is the Agency’s Capability Development Plan as well as the input received from Member States through the Steering Board.