Operations Research Support to Force and Operations Planning in the New Security Environment

April 1st 2008 - 12:00
The project “Operations Research Support to Force and Operations Planning in the New Security Environment” aimed at establishing solid capability in operations analysis, involving young scientists from Bulgarian institutes and universities – a capability that is organizationally identifiable, building on state of the art knowledge and experience, with highly valued reputationin providing decision support to national and international security and defence administrations.

In the first phase the project team created a Centre for Operations Analysis (COA) at the Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS) with a cell within the Defence and Staff College (DSC) in Sofia, selected and trained young scientists, identified models for transfer from NATO, acquired computer equipment and networks, and established management mechanisms. In the second phase the team transferred, adapted, and upgraded selected models, created databases and scenarios, and prepared for applications in analyses and exercises. In parallel, in areas where models were not readily available, we developed approaches and tools for analysis of new mission requirements, network enabled capabilities and command and control architectures. The third phase was focused on analysis and solution of problems of highest priority for Bulgaria’s security sector organizations and organizations in partner countries, as well as support for relevant exercises.
Michel Rademaker is the deputy Director of HCSS. He has fifteen years of hands-on experience as an officer in The Royal Netherlands Army, where he held various military operational and staff posts and also served a term in former Yugoslavia. He has a masters degree obtained at the University of Tilburg. After leaving the armed forces, Mr. Rademaker went on to work at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) as a project and program manager and senior policy advisor on security topics for ten years. Eg. as NATO RTO project leader, he and his team developed serious gaming assessment methods and conducted several assessments of security technologies, and worked on numerous strategic security topics.