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Agustín Conde Bajén
Secretary of State for Defence

It is an honour for me to present for the first time the Isdefe Annual Report, which reflects the activity carried out by the company and its financial, social and environmental management over the course of 2016, when I took over the post of Secretary of State for Defence and became President of the organisation.

Isdefe was created in the 1980s in order to, as described in the Council of Ministers agreement, “have at its service highly qualified technical personnel able to undertake the task of specifying the technical needs that, stemming from the Joint Strategic Plan, define the Military Staffs from an operational standpoint”. Since then, Isdefe has become a leader in systems engineering in Spain. Today, with our society facing new risks and threats, the function that the company performs as the in-house defence and security resource is just as relevant as it was when it was created. Its experience in providing engineering and consulting services to the Ministry of Defence make it a powerful instrument for facing the challenges of the future, such as aiding in defining new programmes and boosting Spain’s involvement in the European Defence Action Plan, to cite some examples.

I should also like to underscore the organisation’s ability to project its know-how into other areas of the Public Administration, providing crucial and continuous support to the public sector as part of its effort to increase the efficiency of the services it offers the nation through the use of new technologies and by adopting new organisations and procedures. Also worth noting is Isdefe’s commitment to innovation, which has turned it into the benchmark for European R&D programmes through its participation in international projects like the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Finally, I would like to thank the entities and organisations who, year after year, place their trust in Isdefe’s services, as well as to acknowledge the talent, dedication and efforts of our staff.

These men and women are without a doubt the organisation’s finest asset, and I encourage them to keep up the good work so that Isdefe can continue to be the best ally to the Ministry of Defence and to the public administration.

Entities and organisations to which we provide services