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Hedström, Lars
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Knutsson, R., Mårtensson, P.-Å., Brattberg, E. & Hedström, L. (2015). Bio-Agro Defense Collaboration: The Need of Joint Leadership Education and Training of Strategic Analysts and Decision Makers. Journal of Defense Resources Management, 5(2), Article ID 1000131.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bio-Agro Defense Collaboration: The Need of Joint Leadership Education and Training of Strategic Analysts and Decision Makers
2015 (English)In: Journal of Defense Resources Management, ISSN 2068-9403, E-ISSN 2247-6466, Vol. 5, no 2, article id 1000131Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Bioweapons deliberately spread to humans and animals is one of the most complex and intersectoral CBRNE threats. It requires multi-sectoral collaboration between law enforcement, public and animal health and in severe cases civil-military collaboration. By building a collaborative management culture between these sectors, through joint education, training and exercise activities, better methods and tools will be obtained in order to reach interoperability and an integrated preparedness approach. Lessons learned and experiences from previous projects, courses, workshops, and simulation exercises require a rationale knowledge transfer. Horison scanning is one example of a method that can be recommended to educate strategic analysts jointly from various sectors and the “Decision Theater” is a dynamic and flexible tool that is useful to train decision makers to examine complex bio-agro defense and biosecurity problems.

Agroterrorism, Bio-agro defense, Biosecurity, Civilmilitary collaboration, Decision theater, Horizon scanning, Multisectoral
National Category
Political Science
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5763 (URN)10.4172/2167-0374.1000131 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Mårtensson, P.-Å., Hedström, L., Sundelius, B., Skiby, J. E., Elbers, A. & Knutsson, R. (2013). Actionable Knowledge and Strategic Decision Making for Bio- and Agroterrorism Threats: Building a Collaborative Early Warning Culture. Biosecurity and bioterrorism, 11(Supplement 1), 46-54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Actionable Knowledge and Strategic Decision Making for Bio- and Agroterrorism Threats: Building a Collaborative Early Warning Culture
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2013 (English)In: Biosecurity and bioterrorism, ISSN 1538-7135, E-ISSN 1557-850X, Vol. 11, no Supplement 1, p. 46-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current trends in biosecurity and cybersecurity include (1) the wide availability of technology and specialized knowledge that previously were available only to governments; (2) the global economic recession, which may increase the spread of radical non-state actors; and (3) recent US and EU commission reports that reflect concerns about non-state actors in asymmetric threats. The intersectoral and international nature of bioterrorism and agroterrorism threats requires collaboration across several sectors including intelligence, police, forensics, customs, and other law enforcement organizations who must work together with public and animal health organizations as well as environmental and social science organizations. This requires coordinated decision making among these organizations, based on actionable knowledge and information sharing. The risk of not sharing information among organizations compared to the benefit of sharing information can be considered in an "information sharing risk-benefit analysis" to prevent a terrorism incident from occurring and to build a rapid response capability. In the EU project AniBioThreat, early warning is the main topic in work package 3 (WP 3). A strategy has been generated based on an iterative approach to bring law enforcement agencies and human and animal health institutes together. Workshops and exercises have taken place during the first half of the project, and spin-off activities include new preparedness plans for institutes and the formation of a legal adviser network for decision making. In addition, a seminar on actionable knowledge was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2012, which identified the need to bring various agency cultures together to work on developing a resilient capability to identify early signs of bio- and agroterrorism threats. The seminar concluded that there are a number of challenges in building a collaborative culture, including developing an education program that supports collaboration and shared situational awareness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Mary Ann Liebert, 2013
Surveillance, Diseases, Bioterrorism
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4411 (URN)10.1089/bsp.2013.0039 (DOI)000336524100007 ()23971822 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2014-01-10 Created: 2014-01-10 Last updated: 2018-06-28Bibliographically approved

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