The CapTech CBRN and Human Factors’ (CBRN) main objective is to support the strengthening of European armed forces' capability to safely operate in a CBRN environment while contributing to civilian-led crisis response operations if needed. Taking into account emerging CBRN threats, there is a strong need for specific defence R&T on CBRN as well as for monitoring and investigating developments in the military and security environments. The CBRN&HF CapTech works on these aspects in collaboration with other international institutions (e.g. European Space Agency (ESA)) and organisations (e.g. NATO, EU).
The CapTech facilitates the process of enabling participating Member States to transform capability gaps into applied technology. Its activity covers underlying technologies in the following areas:
Personal Protective Equipment
- Detection, Identification and Monitoring (DIM) of CBR
- CBRN Hazard management
- Assessment, Diagnosis and Medical Countermeasures of CBR Hazards
- Protection of Food & Water Supply from CBRN
- CBRN Modelling & Simulation
Within the CapTech part focusing on Human Factors research and technology development, the activity covers the underlying technologies in the following areas:
- Human Clothing, Equipment & Integration in Platforms
- Human Machine Interface & Teaming
- Human Performance Monitoring & Enhancement
- human Team Customised Training
The work of the CBRN&HF CapTech is generally of TRL in the ranges of 2 to 6. The activity of the CapTech seeks to support and promote European collaborative research initiatives and development of innovative technologies for the improvement of future CBRN Defence Capabilities & Human Capability Enhancement.
The CBRN&HF CapTech meetings are held 3 times per year, with a duration of 2-4 days. All the information is shared in its Workspace. Prior or right after a CapTech meeting, a workshop or seminar might take place. The workshops are participative and their objectives are to achieve concrete outcomes, such as the preparation of a project or fulfilment of an extraordinary request.
To become a CBRN&HF CapTech member (CapTech Governmental Expert - CGE - or CapTech non-Governmental Expert - CnGE), please follow the instructions included in the R&T General site, and be aware that your request will be forwarded to the relevant CapTech National Coordinator - CNC. The approval of the CNC will be needed to become a CGE or CnGE, and also for your participation in a CapTech event.
In 2012, within the CBRN protection part of the CapTech CBRN and Human Factors, the Joint Investment Programme on CBRN protection was developed. The Capability needs were translated into R&T goals for the JIP CBRN, prioritised and calls for proposals were conducted resulting in 14 selected projects which are now finalised.
The CBRN Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) was approved in 2018 and currently the Human Factors SRA is being developed.
Based on the SRAs, any CapTech member can propose ideas for new activities (projects, workshops, seminars, etc.) at any meeting. The active involvement of non-governmental members in proposing solutions for governmental needs, with a consistent and systematic ground for dialogue can definitely encourage cooperation.
CBRN&HF CapTech Portfolio:
The CapTech CBRN protection is currently discussing four new Cat B projects.
In the Human Factors domain, one new Cat B is under preparation while one project is in its final phase in addition to developing the Human Factors SRA.