Militarization of European Border Security

Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)


The recent EU policy of boosting and militarizing border security, which builds upon prolonged lobbying by the European military and security industry, is reflected in EU funding for border security research and development (R&D) projects. Border security and border control are focal points in the EU’s main research programs, notably the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020. Large military and security companies, as well as research agencies, are the main profiteers of the millions the EU spends on this research. Apart from these direct profits for the industry, border security R&D research helps drive an agenda that continually seeks to expand border security, as part of the drive of the military-industrial complex to enlarge its scope and penetrate into security markets. This includes the use of an increasingly militarized security angle as a stepping stone to the financing of full-blown military research.


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  1. 1.Stop WapenhandelAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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