Members of the Advisory Council on International Affairs

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Members of the Advisory Council on International Affairs

– The Istituto Studi Ricerche Informazioni di Defesa (ISTRID) specialises in academic-level,technical military research.2.13 Austria2.13.1 Parliamentary committeeThe Austrian parliament has a number ong>ofong> committees (Ausschüsse), which include MPsamong ong>theong>ir members.2.13.2 Research bureauNone.2.13.3 Defence research bureauThe Austrian Ministry ong>ofong> Defence has two research centres, viz. ong>theong> MilitärwissenschaftlicheBüro and ong>theong> research department ong>ofong> ong>theong> Landesverteidigungsakademie.Both ong>ofong> ong>theong>m concentrate on policy-related research. Parliament can commission researchstudies from ong>theong>se centres.2.13.4 Independent research studies in connection with major government contractsWhen decisions need to be taken on major items ong>ofong> government expenditure, parliamentcan organise an informative meeting for all members, at which independent experts areinvited to speak. Every parliamentary party is entitled to designate a number ong>ofong> experts tobe invited. According to a parliamentary spokesperson, it has been a long time since ong>theong>last such meeting was held.2.13.5 Independent research institutesNone.2.14 Switzerland2.14.1 Parliamentary committeeBoth houses ong>ofong> ong>theong> Swiss parliament have national security committees that are responsiblefor preparing political and parliamentary decision-making. The committee for ong>theong>Nationalrat (lower chamber) consists ong>ofong> 25 members, while that operated by ong>theong> Städeat(upper chamber) consists ong>ofong> 13 members. The two committees share a small secretariatwith a staff ong>ofong> three.2.14.2 Research bureauNone.2.14.3 Defence research bureauThere is no defence research bureau in Switzerland.2.14.4 Independent research studies in connection with major government contractsThe parliamentary committees are entitled to seek expert advice when decisions need tobe taken on major items ong>ofong> government spending. It is not unusual for leading retiredsoldiers and politicians to be heard as experts.2.14.5 Independent research institutesNone.17

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