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THU1.2: Recent and future developments in EU Security Research . . From a counter-terrorism focus towards a wider support for natural and accidental large scale crisis or disasters. All hazard approach.
Session organized by the European Commission
Recent and future developments in EU security research. From a counter-terrorism focus towards a wider support for natural and accidental large scale crisis or disasters.
1European Commission, ENTR; 2Interpol; 3GRF Davos; 4THW; 5FFI, Norway; 6JRC; 7Magen David Adom
As a consequence of 9/11 and terrorist attacks in Europe in the recent decade, the EU has concentrated significant security research efforts (as well as policies) in the area of Security, CBRN and terrorism.
FASTID project - FAST and efficient international disaster victim IDentification
The FAST and efficient international disaster victim IDentification (FASTID) Project was launched on 1 April 2010 with an overall budget of almost EUR 3 million, co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) – Theme no. 10 Security. The project will establish an international system to manage enquiries concerning missing persons and unidentified bodies in the event of disasters as well as day-to-day policing. With its approach the project is under way to create the first ever police database to identify and link missing persons and unidentified bodies on an international level.
Security research from an end user perspective
German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Germany, Federal Republic of
The presentation will describe the end users view of THW on Security Research. The governmental objectives for Security Research are to improve the use of security research by security authorities and to improve networking between governmental authorities and research institutes.
Preparedness of CBRNE incident management within the EU
Preparedness for CBRNE incident management is one of the most important areas of EU Security research today. Wide range of possible scenarios involving chemical, biological, radioactive/nuclear and explosive substances require technologically advanced preparedness tools and organizationally complex preparedness mechanisms. EU research in the area has therefore moved from capability projects towards integration and demonstration projects, aiming to integrate preparedness tools and procedures into functioning systems capable of responding to all sorts of CBRNE events. One such integration project is the PRACTICE Toolbox project, Preparedness and Resilience Against Terrorist Attacks using Integrated Concepts and Equipment. Briefly described, the PRACTICE project concept is to develop an architecture of event parameters and preparedness functions required to manage different aspects of CBRN incidents before, during and after a CBRN event. The architecture will be universal in nature and easily adaptable to connect to different national systems, pre-existing crisis management tools and opens to include newly developed technologies and procedures. In this way, PRACTICE Toolbox will remedy the existing fragmentation in Europe today and enable a truly integrated approach to CBRN preparedness. Whether we talk about tools for detection and identification of substances, forensics, victim management procedures, societal resilience development tools, training activities, decontamination tools, medical countermeasures procedures, et cetera; all conceivable preparedness and resilience functions needed in different EU societies will be connectable to a single integrated system approach developed by a European consortium and funded by EU Fp7 program.
Crisis Management: Needs, Gaps and Opportunities
European Commission, Italy, Republic of
The number of disaster events is trending up. The first half of 2011 already produced more disasters than most years before 2006. In 2011, weather accounted for about 90% of the 820 recorded natural disasters, which included floods, tornadoes and storms. This increasing trend adds a strain on practitioners engaged in emergency preparedness and response. Decision-makers and practitioners need trusted, reliable and sustainable information and tools that they can easily integrate in their operational workflow to help them to be better prepared for recognizing emerging threats and for responding to them in a timelier manner.
Crisis management and security research – an end user perspective
Magen David Adom
Over the last 50 years the world of crisis management has changed dramatically – the geo political global changes have merged the "civil defense" with the (more locally focused) "crisis managers". Urbanization and economic changes have made the cities larger and more vulnerable to disasters, more severe weather phenomena are affecting more population, large scale pandemics became a threat, terrorism has become a major concern and militaries have become a major player in international humanitarian assistance, just to mention some of the more evident changes. One would ask in such an environment, one would argue what the role of "security research" is? (1) In an environment of reduced budgets, ensure that products and technologies are multipurpose by nature; (2) to better understand competing values, and thus create better acceptability of products and methods; (3) try to bridge the fragmentation in the crisis management world by encouraging the creation of more "generic" solution; (4) try to minimize the "high media attention" effect, by a scientific understanding of needs and gaps; (5) help the end users community be heard, and bring together research, industry and end users to benefit together from the results; (6) bring into "security" the knowledge of other disciplines as health, earth sciences, chemistry, logistics; (7) promote creation of solutions in areas where there is a built in market failure due to the size of the market or its limited number of procuring agencies (e.g. CBRN); (8) assist in the creation of a long term vision of "crisis management" issues, especially those with global impact. Those issues are beyond the planning spam of the organizations, and beyond their analysis tools.