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Military capabilities refer to a wide range of means or effective arrangements that render an army capable of achieving its objectives. Concretely, capabilities targeted in the Plan and Priorities comprise issues such as cyber education and training, satellite communication, ballistic missile defence or military mobility.
The revised 2018 CDP has been developed in the framework of the European Defence Agency (EDA) in close cooperation with Member States and the EU Military Committee and the EU Military Staff.
Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) highlighted the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy submitted by High Representative Mogherini in June 2016 and the rapid progress made since then with the European defence project. Several initiatives have been launched to reinforce defence cooperation: the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), and the European Defence Fund (EDF). Jorge Domecq emphasised that the EU Capability Development Priorities adopted now "serve as benchmark of these instruments to ensure that their combined outcome will be a more coherent set of deployable, interoperable, sustainable capabilities and forces".
The Capability Development Plan (CDP) provides a full picture of the situation. It thus serves as a basis for the decision-making process at EU and national levels regarding military capability development, contributing to increased coherence between Member States’ defence planning. It addresses security and defence challenges from the perspective of European capability development, looks at the future operational environment and defines EU Capability Development Priorities agreed by Member States. In this way it will help tackling current and future threats and challenges and strengthening security for Europe and its citizens.