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European Journal for Security Research

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 51–71 | Cite as

Situational Awareness, Information Exchange and Operational Control for Civilian EU Missions

  • Hans-Christian SchmitzEmail author
  • Matthias Deneckere
  • Tommaso De Zan
  • Wolfgang Gräther
Original Article
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Abstract

The European Union conducts a common security and defence policy (CSDP) that follows an integrated approach to external conflict and crisis. One means of the CSDP are external civilian missions, in some cases operating with military missions in the same operational environments. In order to better support the conduct of civilian missions, a Horizon 2020 project was awarded to propose design options for a “Situational Awareness, Information Exchange and Operational Control Platform”, in short an “operational control platform” (OCP). The design of the OCP raises challenges that are relevant not only for European CSDP missions but also for crisis management operations in general, namely questions of situational awareness, interoperability, security and local versus remote operational control. The Civilex project has provided an overview of the actual state of operational control in CSDP missions, investigated current challenges, collected requirements for an OCP and, ultimately, proposed design options for a future platform with the goal to improve situational awareness, information exchange and operational control for CSDP missions. This paper presents the outcomes of the Civilex project.

Keywords

Civilian crisis management European Union common security and defence policy Information systems Interoperability Operational control Situational awareness 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all members of the Civilex project team. We also gratefully acknowledge the insights from our interviewees in Brussels. In addition, we thank the people we talked to during our field visits and the people participating in our workshops.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fraunhofer FKIEWachtbergGermany
  2. 2.ECDPMMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber SecurityUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  4. 4.Fraunhofer FITSt. AugustinGermany

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