EDA – CBRNe Countermeasures Concept

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EDA – CBRNe Countermeasures Concept

The European Defence Agency awarded a contract for a study to develop a CBRNe Countermeasures Concept for European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) operations to NBC-Sys and IB Consultancy.

The EDA required a scenario-driven study to provide supporting operational analysis for a threat-based, capability-oriented, CBRNe Defence-functional concept for ESDP operations. The study contains an analysis of current threats and future projections up to and including the year 2030, to identify appropriate countermeasures based on the five stages of countering a CBRNe incident. These stages are: Deter, Prevent, Protect, Respond and Recover. The study also identifies the capability requirements for individual soldier protection, non-specialist unit protection and the protection provided by specialist CBRNe defence capabilities. This involves the following components of CBRNe defence: Detection, Identification, Monitoring (DIM), Physical Protection, CBRNe Advice and Assessment (including CBRNe Intelligence), CBRNe Information Management, CBRNe Warning and Reporting and CBRNe Reachback), Hazard Management (including Decontamination), CBRNe Consequence Management, CBRNe Hardening and CBRNe Medical Counter Measures.

The results of the study will be used to develop a comprehensive CBRNe Defence Concept covering the period up to and including the year 2030. This concept includes the EU CBRNe Counterterrorism Strategy, and military aspects to prevent the proliferation of CBRNe threat agents and materials. It further includes the response to and recovery from the effects of a CBRNe event, if and when preventative measures fail. The study provides a conceptual framework describing how EU member states may develop CBRNe defence capabilities, thus providing guidance for CBRNe defence force development. The study considers the capabilities required, while contributing to all aspects of defence against the use of CBRNe weapons and devices, in line with the five stages mentioned above. The study also identifies the factors that will have to be addressed by individual capability development projects during the options analysis and definition phases.

The aim was the conceptualisation of the means of reducing CBRNe risks and threats to EU forces, as well as the mitigation of the effects of CBRNe weapons, devices and other toxic agents in the likely battle space.

IB Consultancy developed a set of reference scenarios for this specific domain, also providing NBC-Sys with agent listings and a gap analysis.