Ms Margarita Robles, the Minister of Defence, visited our Company's headquarters on Monday, 25 October, where she was welcomed by the Secretary of State for Defence and President of Isdefe, Ms Esperanza Casteleiro, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Francisco Quereda, the Director of Business Development, Mr Jesús M. Alonso, the Director of Financial and Economic Planning, Ms Mercedes Recio, the Director of Administration and HR, Ms Carmen Canda, and the Director of Operations, Mr Daniel Acuña.
Isdefe's mission is to support the Ministry of Defence, public administrations and international institutions in areas of technological and strategic interest.
Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España (Isdefe) was founded in 1985 as part of an industrial policy aimed at creating strategic independence in the field of technology.
The Ministries of Defence and Industry proposed the need to develop their own capabilities in systems engineering, with special application to the Modernisation Programmes of the Armed Forces.
Today, Isdefe's mission to be a tool for high technological and strategic capacity remains just as valid. The company acts nationally by providing the engineering, consulting and technical assistance services that are requested by the Spanish Administration, and abroad by making itself available to the multiple interests of the Spanish Administration in general, and of the Ministry of Defence in particular, advising public bodies in their foreign endeavours.
Since its inception, the company has played a key role in the modernisation programmes of the Armed Forces, such as the procurement of the F-18, the Army Combat Group, and the communication and electronic warfare systems of the Ministry of Defence. In the civil arena, it also participated in the creation and commissioning of the Automatic Air Traffic Control System (SACTA).
As the in-house technical service provider, within the Secretary of State for Defence, Isdefe provides its services to the General Directorates of Armament and Materiel, Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, as well to in INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology) and CESTIC (Centre for Information and Communication Systems and Technologies), among others.
For the Defence General Staff, Isdefe provides support to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Operations Command, the Cyberspace Joint Command, CIFAS (Spanish Armed Forces Intelligence Centre), UME (Military Emergencies Unit) and CESEDEN (Advanced Centre for National Defence Studies).
It also supports the General Staffs of the Army, Navy and Air Force, and it works for the National Cryptological Center of the CNI (National Intelligence Centre) and for the General Sub-Directorate of Recruitment and Labour Orientation of the Defence Sub-Secretariat.
Ms Margarita Robles was able to see how Isdefe places special emphasis on supporting the Administration in areas included in the National Security Strategy, and its technological modernisation.
Among the main challenges in the future of Isdefe, which the CEO defined "as a strategic tool due to its cross-cutting capacity", is the European Defence Action Plan in the area of security and defence, the new Special Programmes, and the response to cyber threats.
The company provides its services in the civil arena to most of the ministries, to national public organisations such as AENA, ADIF, IDAE, and it maintains an important international presence in the European Union and multilateral organisations such as OCCAR and NATO.
85% of Isdefe's staff of over 1,600 employees has a university degree, and 750 of its personnel provide their services on a daily basis to the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces.
Isdefe's management model is based on its commitment to good corporate governance, underpinned by ethics, regulatory compliance and transparency, so as to fulfil its purpose as an in-house provider, supporting the Ministry of Defence, Public Administrations and international institutions in areas of technological and strategic interest, and in the technical operation and maintenance of space complexes, as set out in the company's bylaws.