Security in the Field
Photo: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan
In recent years, the number of threats against international personnel operating in conflict zones has increased for actors such as journalists, aid workers, and both civilian and military personnel in peace operations. When personnel are sent to conflict areas, it is important that they are prepared and trained to be able to identify, prevent and manage the various risks that may arise. This is important for their own and others' safety, as well as for them to be able to operate effectively in their working environment.
What does the FBA do?
- Policy, research and development
The FBA has supported the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) by writing a handbook on safety in the field.
FBA organizes the course Protection against risks and threats in conflict areas, equivalent to a HEAT training (Hostile Environment Awareness Training). The course aims at increasing the understanding of proactive security and teaches the basic field measures to be undertaken before, during and after a mission in a conflict area.
- International work
FBA deploys Swedish personnel with security expertise to international peace operations. Please see the map about our international projects.
FBA collaborates with national and international organizations in matters relating to security in the field. The Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) are important national partners in FBA’s training activities. On the international field FBA has been working closely with the European External Action Service (EEAS) on security issues. FBA has actively participated in the work to develop a certified course concept for the EEAS safety training. FBA also works together with the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), German International Peace Operations (ZIF), German Armed Forces Training Centre, Slovenian Centre for European Perspective (CEP), and the Finnish Crisis Management Centre (CMC) on issues relating to security.