Rapid Deployment
Extended Reach
Enhanced Persistence
Superior Awareness

Rapid Deployment
Extended Reach
Enhanced Persistence
Superior Awareness

CBRN SaaS: An innovative Recognized CBRN Picture built on a manned-unmanned sensor network
deployable in support of
EU and NATO missions and operations

CBRN SaaS: An innovative Recognized CBRN Picture built on a manned-unmanned sensor network deployable in support of EU and NATO missions and operations

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Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents and weapons continue to be a source of great concern. In response the 2018 Capability Development Plan (CDP) of the European Union (EU) emphasizes the need to develop enhanced CBRN capabilities based on newly available technology such as unmanned systems. 

The Updated 2017 CBRN Action Plan of the European Commission points out that the EU needs to ”enhance its resilience and step up its preparedness to deal” with CBRN threats. The common set of new proposals to implement the 2017 EU-NATO declaration emphasizes that ”EU and NATO staffs will coordinate the support to building the capacities of partners to counter CBRN.”

Assets that help provide 24x7 CBRN surveillance are thus of high strategic value to the EU and NATO.

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents and weapons continue to be a source of great concern. In response the 2018 Capability Development Plan (CDP) of the European Union (EU) emphasizes the need to develop enhanced CBRN capabilities based on newly available technology such as unmanned systems. 

The Updated 2017 CBRN Action Plan of the European Commission points out that the EU needs to ”enhance its resilience and step up its preparedness to deal” with CBRN threats. The common set of new proposals to implement the 2017 EU-NATO declaration emphasizes that ”EU and NATO staffs will coordinate the support to building the capacities of partners to counter CBRN.”

Assets that help provide 24x7 CBRN surveillance are thus of high strategic value to the EU and NATO.

 

VISION & ADDED VALUE

CBRN SaaS supports the European Union’s 
strategic priorities

CBRN SaaS supports the European Union’s 
strategic priorities

CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS) will provide a rapidly deployable CBRN detection and incident management capability as an operational plugin module for widely varying military operations. It will consist of a modular federation of systems such as sensors that will be mounted on manned and unmanned platforms, communications, and a network distributing relevant data to compile a Recognized CBRN Picture. CBRN SaaS will enable operations that endure over prolonged periods. Operators utilizing the sensors will work at safe ranges wherever possible. The Recognized CBRN Picture will enable knowledge-based decision making by leaders and support the mission of saving lives.

Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia as well as the Czech Republic and Slovakia as observers will develop CBRN SaaS.  Together these six nations constitute the Central European Defense Cooperation (CEDC) that is renowned for its CBRN expertise. France (member) as well as Italy and Romania (observers) complement the nine-nation project team.

CBRN SaaS supports the EU’s strategic priorities:

  • The Recognized CBRN Picture will augment situational awareness and situational understanding in response to external conflicts.
  • In particular former conflict partners rely on trustworthy information to reengage in regional cooperation. CBRN SaaS can advance confidence and security-building measures and support verification regimes.
  • As a power by the hour solution CBRN SaaS can also be used to survey critical infrastructure (e.g., chemical plants, harbors) or land and sea-side borders. CBRN SaaS will support national disaster management and strengthen the European Emergency Response Capacity in dealing with CBRN incidents.

Moreover, CBRN SaaS is fully in line with the 2018 CDP revision and complementary to several first round PESCO projects (e.g., European Medical Command, Deployable Military Disaster Relief Capability Package). CBRN SaaS will leverage insights gained from the European Defense Agency’s CBRN Joint Investment Program and will provide maximum coherence with NATO standards.

 

GOALS

CBRN SaaS is designed to

  • deploy from routine location and organization into a suitable form to meet the operational need of the end user (tailored to mission)

  • achieve an optimal deployable detection capability for scenarios that are within the EU level of ambition

  • provide suitable mobility (e.g. aerial, ground, maritime, manned, unmanned) to mount CBRN sensors

  • connect sensors through a secure network to the CBRN decision maker

  • generate a Recognized CBRN Picture that can be offered as a power by the hour service to other nations in need of CBRN surveillance

  • support the planning and conduct of CBRN operations

  • maximize the use of unmanned systems, thus increasing operational flexibility, providing beyond line of sight sensor reach to advance situational awareness and situational understanding and reducing risk to the operator

  • deploy from routine location and organization into a suitable form to meet the operational need of the end user (tailored to mission)

  • achieve an optimal deployable detection capability for scenarios that are within the EU level of ambition

  • provide suitable mobility (e.g. aerial, ground, maritime, manned, unmanned) to mount CBRN sensors

  • connect sensors through a secure network to the CBRN decision maker

  • generate a Recognized CBRN Picture that can be offered as a power by the hour service to other nations in need of CBRN surveillance

  • support the planning and conduct of CBRN operations

  • maximize the use of unmanned systems, thus increasing operational flexibility, providing beyond line of sight sensor reach to advance situational awareness and situa-tional understanding and reducing risk to the operator

 

RECOGNIZED CBRN PICTURE

The Decision-Maker’s Window Into Operations

The Decision-Maker’s Window Into Operations

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Information visualization & Illustration 
Almasy Information Design Thinking, Christoph Almasy & Alexander Fuehrer, www.almasy.at | www.paintedlove.at

 

DELIVERABLES, ROADMAP & FINANCIALS

CBRN SaaS will establish
technology development and political cooperation roadmaps that outline how to advance capability development beyond 2020

CBRN SaaS will establish
technology development and political cooperation roadmaps that outline how to advance capability development beyond 2020

CBRN SaaS is a holistic capability and technology development project that provides five deliverables:

  1. The CBRN SaaS system prototype is a proof of concept to establish a Recognized CBRN Picture built on a manned-unmanned sensor network
  2. Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) is at the heart of CBRN SaaS. This requires a holistic approach to bring together people, organizations/procedures and technology by way of developing novel concepts of operation and concepts of employment.
  3. CBRN SaaS leverages commercial and military off the shelf components (COTS/MOTS). Identified shortfalls and future technology development needs will be combined in a technology roadmap that establishes a future collaborative R&D portfolio to further develop CBRN SaaS.
  4. A political cooperation roadmap that identifies which future modules and technologies could be developed in which format (e.g., EDA) and with whom (e.g. other EU members not yet involved in the project).
  5. Providing a defense capability as a service demands a security of service concept that assures the provision of this critical service commensurate with different requirements and service level agreements.

Roadmap and Financials

CBRN SaaS will accomplish Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by 2020 and identify further capability and technology development trajectories to achieve Full Operational Capability thereafter. IOC will consist of a system prototype linking sensors on manned and unmanned systems to produce the Recognized CBRN Picture that can be integrated into a Common Operational Picture. This system prototype may also be used in the field under controlled conditions. 

Armed forces will be fully integrated into developing CBRN SaaS to

  1. define the capability requirements
  2. develop concepts of operation and concepts of employment
  3. provide user feedback, and
  4. advance user proficiency by training and education.

Achieving IOC will require a one-digit million euro amount. The lion‘s share will be needed for information management and to develop the required sensor-to-platform mix as well as mutual adaptations of sensors and unmanned systems. Participating nations apply for co-funding by the European Commission under the new European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP). Funding will be needed to cover developments in 2019 and 2020. The technology and political cooperation roadmaps of CBRN SaaS will outline how the program could be continued under the post-2021 European Defense Fund.

 

INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM

The consortium is under development and likely to include the following partners:

Service-Oriented Architecture, Systems Integration
Bruker, Frequentis (industry lead), Gamma Technical Corporation, HM EI

Sensors, Sensor Data Analytics/Fusion, Picture Compilation
Arctur, Bruker, Gamma Technical Corporation, IOS Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors

Unmanned Systems, Decontamination Solutions
Austrian Institute of Technology, C-Astral, DOK-ING, Emtronic, Gamma Technical Corporation, Schiebel, Taurob

Information Technology, Secure Communications
Frequentis, HM EI

Simulation-Based Training
Guardiaris

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Imprint & Contact

Owner and editor:
Austrian Ministry of Defense, Rossauer Lände 1, A-1090 Vienna

Screendesign & Information visualization: Almasy Information Design Thinking, www.almasy.at