U.S. Senators Coons and Flake announced a new legislation on December 11 to combat the rapidly growing crisis of wildlife trafficking by facilitating a strategic interagency approach, with a focus on country-specific and regional initiatives. The Security Link advisor Johan Bergenäs is the first asked to give comments.
Russia annexing the Crimean peninsula and violating Swedish airspace. The Swedish armed forces hunt submarines in the Stockholm archipelago. There is a crisis in our region, while today’s globalized society and economy creates international tensions that Sweden can not ignore, for example, religious fundamentalists in the Middle East, the issue of human rights and trade, Ebola virus, climate change, hacker attacks, transnational crime and the widespread extreme poverty world. In these turbulent times burning questions have to be asked and answered: Can Sweden be defended against what and what are the biggest threats to our society today and in the future? The book Can Sweden be defended – against what? brings together influential voices from the government and private sectors, and civil society which regenerates the discussion of Sweden’s defense, security and international relations in a globalized world. The perspectives are diverse, but all writers have one thing in common: they are strongly committed to the issue of what threatens Sweden and the world today and how we face current and future challenges.
Can Sweden be defended – against what? is a book that has no political color or want to promote a specific position. Instead, it is presenting data which provides the opportunity for a more nuanced debate on Swedish interests in the world – both for government and industry. The book will be a starting point for discussions at universities and for the general public as well as within it the political, academical and business establishment. The book also addresses the new generation of Swedes who grow up under completely different circumstances than previous generations. Can Sweden be defended – against what? therefore anticipates to engage Swedish young people – in the public and private sectors – to become involved in international issues that affect Sweden.
To the book contributed:
Peter Hultqvist (S), försvarsminister
Karin Enström (M) före detta försvarsminister och nuvarande vice ordförande i riksdagens utrikesutskott
Jan Björklund (L), partiledare och tidigare utbildningsminister
Gudrun Schyman (FI), partiledare
Helena Lindberg, generaldirektör vid Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB)
Bengt Sundelius, MSB Mathew J. Burrows, Atlantic Council
Hans Blix, före detta generaldirektör på IAEA
Niclas Kvarnström, före detta svensk diplomat och nuvarande rådgivare åt Wallenberg Foundations AB
Annika Nordgren Christensen, försvarsdebattör
PM Nilsson, Dagens Industri
Olle Wästberg, före detta Svensk generalkonsul i New York
Håkan Buskhe, koncernchef och VD för SAAB AB
Bi Puranen, Generalsekreterare för World Values Survey
Anna Ek, Ordförande, Svenska Freds
Sven-Eric Söder, Generaldirektör, Folke Bernadotteakademin
Robert Egnell, professor på Georgetown University
Stefan Ring, generalsekreterare, Allmänna försvarsföreningen
Andreas Ekman Duse, före detta generaldirektör för Inspektionen för Strategiska Produkter
Martin Hurt, Deputy Director and Member of the Executive Board, International Centre for Defence and Security
Lars Nicander, chef för Försvarshögskolans Centrum för asymmetriska hot- och terrorstudier.
Bo Jansson, ordförande för Lärarnas Riksförbund
Dick Harrison, historiker och författare
Johan Bergenäs, biträdande chef för Managing Across Boundaries Initiativet på Stimson Center, en säkerhetspolitisk tankesmedja i Washington, DC.
Mats Ögren Wanger, journalist, bland annat på TV4:s Nyhetsmorgon, och står bakom en rad uppmärksammade debattantologier och dokumentärer om samhällsfrågor.
The book is available from 15 December 2015.
The book (only available in Swedish) can be ordered for a special price of 175 SEK, including VAT and delivery, by e-mailing email@example.com.
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On 24-25 November, Security Link arranged TAMSEC 2015 in conjunction with Mötesplats Samhällsäkerhet at Kistamässan. The TAMSEC conference program was opened with a session covering ongoing research initiatives within the security area, where ten research organizations in Sweden and Norway gave an outline of their work. During day 2, a panel debate on innovation procurement was arranged. The audience was given an overview of existing innovation procurement tools and could listen to thoughts and experiences from the panel members, representing the National Agency for Public Procurement, Swedish Association of Civil Security, Lindholmen Security Arena and the Swedish Coast Guard. The TAMSEC poster session during day 2 started with an announcement of the prize for best poster. Martin Glimtoft, Ida Johansson, Matilda Ågren, Mattias Svanqvist, and Henric Östmark from FOI were awarded with the prize of ‘TAMSEC 2015 Best Poster’ for their poster “Digital micro-mirror devices in Raman trace detection of explosives”.
Security Link, together with CARER and the project Smart Savannahs, were also present at the exhibition, where several people met up at our stand for informal discussions, demonstrations and not at least for having selfie pictures taken with the full-size rhinoceros displayed at the stand.
Security Link would like to thank Mötesplats Samhällssäkerhet for the opportunity to arrange TAMSEC at Kistamässan and also all of you who contributed to the TAMSEC program. We hope to see you again at our next event.
We would like to welcome you at our booth B12 and B14 at Mötesplats Samhällssäkerhet. Security Link is represented by booths of Carer and Smarta Savanner. The TAMSEC postersession is in the exhibition hall in booth B14. Visit us and ask for a copy of the proceedings.
Pictures taken at the exhibition:
The National Symposium on Technology and Methodology for Security and Crisis Management, TAMSEC 2015, will be arranged in conjunction with “Mötesplats Samhällssäkerhet”, November 24-25, 2015 at Kistamässan, Kista, Sweden. You can find us in exhibition booth B12/B14. Welcome!
The program is available now (updated 17 November).
Abstract submission: Abstract submission is closed now.
For more information about research topics, application areas and how to participate, follow this link.
Graduate school students of Forum Securitatis will be given the opportunity to participate free of charge on behalf of Security Link.
Debate article on the need for bigger research visions, published in the Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer on November 10: http://www.va.se/nyheter/2015/11/10/sveriges-historiska-tekniksatsning-behover-en-manlandarvision/
On 21 and 22 September took the SPIE Security and Defence Conference place in Toulouse, France. Christina Grönwall, FOI, was invited speaker at this conference and presented the paper titled: 3D sensing and imaging for UAVs.
Authors: Christina Grönwall, FOI-Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden), Linköping Univ. (Sweden); Gustav Tolt, Håkan Larsson, Patrik Lif, Fredrik Bissmarck, H. M. Tulldahl, FOI-Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden); Markus Henriksson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Abstract: This paper summarizes on-going work on 3D sensing and imaging for unmanned aerial vehicles UAV carried laser sensors. We study sensor concepts, UAVs suitable for carrying the sensors, and signal processing for mapping and target detection applications. We also perform user studies together with the Swedish armed forces, to evaluate usage in their mission cycle and interviews to clarify how to present data. Two ladar sensor concepts for mounting in UAV are studied. The discussion is based on known performance in commercial ladar systems today and predicted performance in future UAV applications. The small UAV is equipped with a short-range scanning ladar. The system is aimed for quick situational analysis of small areas and for documentation of a situation. The large UAV is equipped with a high-performing photon counting ladar with matrix detector. Its purpose is to support large-area surveillance, intelligence and mapping operations. Based on these sensors and their performance, signal and image processing support for data analysis is analyzed. Generated data amounts are estimated and demands on data storage capacity and data transfer is analyzed. We have tested the usage of 3D mapping together with military rangers. We tested to use 3D mapping in the planning phase and as last-minute intelligence update of the target. Feedback from these tests will be presented. We are performing interviews with various military professions, to get better understanding of how 3D data are used and interpreted. We discuss approaches of how to present data from 3D imaging sensor for a user.
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The Security Link Yearly Report 2014 is the first of its kind. It describes the accomplishments of Security Link during 2014.
The highlights in short:
- Security Link partners have attracted external funding for 89 different research projects. Of these, 44 were funded by the EU framework program.
- During 2014, 62 scientific peer ‐ reviewed publications in refereed journals, 73 peer ‐ reviewed conference papers and 42 other scientific publications connected to Security Link were published.
- The yearly Security Linkworkshop took place 20 November 2014 in Linköping.
- Since January 2014, the multidisciplinary graduate school Forum Securitatis has been a permanent part of Security Link and is managed and financed by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and Linköping University (LiU). During 2014, a total of 18 PhD students have been enrolled in the graduate school and a total of 2 doctoral degrees have been obtained.
- During 2014, the five funding organizations VR, VINNOVA, Forte, FORMAS and Energimyndigheten, have on behalf of the Swedish Government, conducted and evaluation of the Strategic Research Areas, including Security Link, to determine the future financing of the strategic research areas. The result from the evaluation is expected during 2015.
The MSB granted project RICS centre on Resilient Information and Control Systems started officially at September 1, see www.rics.se for more information.
Dr. Sofie Pilemalm’s paper “Enabling organizational learning from rescue operations– the Swedish Rescue Services Incident Reporting System” published in International Journal of Emergency Services has been selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
Dr. Sofie Pilemalm is associate professor in Informatics and the director of CARER.
All the winning papers are published on the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence website.