We carry out research into the security of mankind, society and the state – for a life of freedom

In times of social and political unrest, defense and security become increasingly important. We develop technologies, products, and services for the early detection of dangerous situations so that they can be counteracted, consequential damage can be minimized and, as a result, the overall level of risk can be reduced.
The Fraunhofer Segment for Defense and Security pursues research and development in the areas of defense and civil security. Our wide-ranging expertise and research have delivered highly practicable solutions and operational support, both at the national and international levels. In defense research, our excellent judgment and consultancy skills make us indispensable independent experts and partners of the German Ministry of Defence (BMVg). We research and develop technologies and system solutions for the Ministry, its government bodies, and the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). Our technical solutions and systems in civil security are designed to deliver the best possible protection for society. We cover the interests and activities of our member institutes, acting as their representative both within and outside the organization.

We create joint benefits through mutual support, by complementing one another professionally, through a division of labor, and by coordinating the areas in which we specialize.

Eleven institutes have joined forces in the Fraunhofer Segment Defense and Security to pool their expertise.