JSEC Conference 2020
The Preliminary Programme Overview is available.
- The Call for Papers is now open. All details on how to submit an abstract are available here
In 2018, NATO decided to establish two new Joint Commands in the wake of the NATO Command Structure adaptation. The first is the Joint Support Enabling Command (JSEC), located in the centre of Europe, with the far-reaching task of ensuring the unhindered and swift movement of troops and the protection in the Joint Rear Area, which basically comprises the territory of all NATO nations in Europe.

At the same time, the European Union intensified its efforts to ease the movement of military goods and personnel by reducing red tape; some say this Action Plan on Military Mobility creates a “Military Schengen”.

In a 360-degree approach, both activities face a number of challenges, from regulatory questions, to the control of movements to monitoring security and safety threats. It comes down to situational awareness in the Rear Area and improving resilience in general. This also includes the proper functioning of critical infrastructures in all nations affected, in particular, in the communication and transport sectors.

The goal of this conference is to explore areas of concern and possibilities for better cooperation with partners from all domains, and to learn how international industry is managing similar challenges today. Technology and solutions for handling and securing the vast amount of diverse information and data involved, e.g. through artificial intelligence, is at the core of military mobility.

Imminent advancements in technologies driven by digitisation, such as cloud services and 5G will also have an impact of the scope of JSEC’s work.

The two main streams of the conference:

A. Unify efforts to ensure the safety, security and functionality in the Rear Area under the specific cybersecurity threats to both military operations and critical infrastructure, while simultaneously keeping an eye on the hybrid warfare threats. Major purpose of these tasks is to:

B. Ensure Military Mobility that allows for the rapid reinforcement of troops into Europe and within Europe. Military mobility depends on critical transportation and communications infrastructure, and inter-sectoral cooperation.