Aftermath Crisis Management System-of-systems Demonstration Phase I

ACRIMAS work approach

Large-scale incidents (man made and natural) inside and outside the EU require a coordinated response from crisis managers and first responders across Europe and with resources from all levels of government. Currently, CM in the EU can be regarded as a highly diversified `system-of-systems´ integrating organisations and components with different cultures, policies and assets, and various stakeholders and procurement schemes.

To identify the critical areas and topics within this current CM `system-of-systems´ which need to be addressed by the demonstration programme in Phase II, ACRIMAS follows a scenario-based and user-centric work approach.

ACRIMAS is scenario-based in the sense that characteristic CM scenarios will be identified, selected and developed to constitute a sound basis for ensuring the work of posing user needs and requirements, identifying current weaknesses and gaps in CM in Europe, looking at potential solutions and documenting corresponding demonstration topics and R&D needs to be integrated in a roadmap for Phase II. The scenario approach embraces an all-hazard view, including the EU external dimension.

ACRIMAS is user-driven in the sense that users and other stakeholders in terms of first responders, authorities and governmental bodies as well as the supply side are actively involved throughout the project process, some of them as full partners, most of them linked to the project through a supporting Expert Group and dedicated project workshops. They play a central role in complementing and validating the scenario analysis by expressing their needs and requirements regarding the identification of relevant CM topics, which should be addressed by DE activities in Phase II, and the demonstration concept to be elaborated.