CIVILEX Policy brief

Through desk research and interviews with stakeholder in Brussels and in EU CSDP missions, the CIVILEX project developed a comprehensive overview of the current state of affairs on information management, situation awareness and operational control within the EU civilian crisis management structures.

This policy brief, based on the D5.3 deliverable, presents findings of this research, and key recommendations that should be considered prior to the development of a future situational awarenes, information exchange and operation control platform (OCP).

An overview of technical options for an OCP

In this work we developed three technical options for a situational awareness, information exchange and operation control platform (OCP). The technical options are rather independent, but also fit into a growth model. When we examined ICT usage in the context of CSDP civilian missions, we found out that email is prevalent in all aspects of information exchange, be that horizontally or vertically. In addition, we revealed that the current ICT landscape does not offer tools for efficient team collaboration.

CSDP missions in the field: scenario study

The field scenario analysis report consists of a detailed study of information exchange, situational awareness practice and operational control taking the case of EUCAP Nestor in the Horn of Africa and enlarging the context through complementary case studies on EUNAVFOR Atalanta and EULEX Kosovo. Interviews were conducted with staff from EUCAP Nestor, as well as from the EU Delegation to Somalia, EUNAVFOR Atalanta and UNSOM in three different locations: Nairobi (Kenya), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Berbera (Somaliland).

OCP Scope

The Operation Control Platform (OCP) is conceived as an ICT platform that supports the execution of civilian EEAS missions by facilitating information exchange and supporting situation awareness and operation control.

The OCP user landscape

The civilian CSDP missions are established by a decision-making process at the policy level of the EU (the top pyramid), and implemented through a planning and control process at the EEAS (the upper EEAS pyramid), and executed in the form of CPCC-led mission organisations (the lower pyramid).

Summary of key statements

The CIVILEX team has accomplished multiple activities including interviews, desk research and workshops to analyse the current landscape of information exchange and sharing in CSDP missions, and detect the key challenges that could be resolved through a future OCP.

Below are some key statements that inferred from this analysis and relevant considering the OCP development: