Saturday 29 January 2011

12 a.m.-2.30 p.m.

Manifestations of networked security: gendarmerie forces and emergency aid
In various initiatives the European Union tries to establish an increasing militarisation of classical areas of ”national security”. Civil components are embedded into the foreign and military policy which are gaining strength due to the Lisbon Treaty. The member states are building police units which can also operate under military command. Although separated in police and gendarmerie formations in formal terms, these structures meet in joint trainings and military missions. At the same time civilian-military structures are created as well in the European emergency aid. Dominance in disasters is secured by satellites and drones, encrypted situation pictures and a monopolized crisis communication in ”situation centers” of the secret service. Counterinsurgency and ”emergency aid” will shape conflict occurrences in the future both within and outside the EU.
Christoph Marischka, Matthias Monroy