Project from 2006

International Major Contingency Doctrine

International Major Contingency Doctrine

Overcoming the consequences of a terrorist act in South-Eastern Europe (Protection – EU TACOM SEE-2006), Grant Agreement 07.030601/2005/422592/SUB/A.5

The aim of the project is to prepare and conduct a full-scale international exercise, “Protection- EU TACOM SEE-2006” – Overcoming the consequences of terrorist acts in Southeast Europe, took place from January 1st to July 30th, 2006. The doctrine was conducted as part of the yearly plan of The Permanent Commission for the Protection of the Population in Disasters, Accidents, and Catastrophes under the Council of Ministers.

The project was implemented in two phases, which were prepared in parallel and implemented sequentially. The first phase involved conducting computer-assisted learning with computer simulations within two days in Sofia (July 23-24, 2006). The second phase involved conducting a field at the study centers: Hotel “International,” chemical factory “Neokhim,” “Monbat,” and dam “Ogosta” in the city of Montana (July 25-26, 2006).

The beneficiary of the project was the Ministry of State Disaster and Accident Policy, State Agency “Civil Protection,” and partners: The Institute for Parallel Information Processing, the Center for National Security and Defense Research, and representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations, Operational Analysis Niemeyers (NOA), Germany.

The aim of the project was the improvement of the opportunities for the reaction and coordination of the structures in Bulgaria for protection from disasters and accidents, as well as the experts and reaction teams of the Community Civil Protection Mechanism. The focus was on improving cooperation between different organs responsible for crisis response and civil security in Bulgaria, tested through computer-assisted learning (CAL). The CAL method is integral and practical and is based on the usage of other famous methods, including the development of scenarios, simulation of scenarios, maintaining the work of administration and trainees, analysis of the actions, extraction of recommendations, and synthesis.

Another important aim of the project was the improvement of operational cooperation between the Civil Protection teams and other responsible structures of several SEE countries. Teams from Civil Protection from Greece, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Romania took part in the project. This way, the project showcased the state of civil-military emergency planning in southeast Europe and disaster and emergency preparedness under the Stability Pact Prevention Initiative- Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative of the Stability Pact (DPPI).

The aim of the field study for protection and salvation from terrorist acts, “Protection 2006” EU TACOM SEE-2006, was practicing joint actions to overcome the consequences of a terrorist act. Teams from Civil Protection, DOTI – Ministry of the Interior, Fire protection, Bulgarian Red Cross, The Mountain Rescue Service (MSS), the Emergency Rescue Squad (ASO) of the Bulgarian Speleology Federation, etc., as well as similar organizations from Greece, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia participated in the project. The doctrine concluded with a closing conference on September 18, 2006 which presented the results, analyses, conclusions, and lessons learned from the project.

Team leader
CNSDR-BAS, Team from the Joint Center for Training Simulations and Analysis - IPOI-BAS, DA "Civil Protection", Operational Analyzes Niemeyer - Germany