The present document summarises the methodological background for DRIVER Methodology & infrastructure dimension and the State of the Art in crisis management capability building. On this basis it also derives the objectives for sub-project (SP) 2 – the DRIVER test-bed – and for European crisis management innovation management on the whole. It is the first deliverable in a series of deliverables and therefore does not claim to be exhaustive.
The idea for building a test-bed was inspired from the Concept Development & Experimentation (CD&E) methodology that has been identified by the Aftermath Crisis Management System-of-Systems phase I project (ACRIMAS) as being well suited for the purpose of crisis management capability building. CD&E is used in the military domain that has adapted basic scientific methods - controlled experiments to acquire new knowledge – to their needs. DRIVER SP2 is now trying to do the same for crisis management. The goal is to enable structured and efficient capability development processes acknowledging the complex realities of crisis management operations and requirements formulation. To this end this document describes the CD&E method and how it can contribute to (i) selecting promising crisis management solutions as well as preventing misguided Research & Development (R&D) efforts, and (ii) building a crisis management knowledge base at System-of-systems level.
Further, D21.21 describes the relevant State of the Art for SP2 including current European and US capability building mechanisms. Important to notice in this regard will be that while the American mechanism already exhibit a high level of maturity, European innovation mechanisms in crisis management (and security on the whole) still lack important features for efficient capability building. However, some methods have been developed by past and ongoing research projects and in other domains; these are also described in the present document.
In addition, the history and approach of DRIVER – with a focus on the Methodology & infrastructure dimension – are described in order to explain where we stand today. Based on this, D21.21 derives the objectives of the DRIVER test-bed for the project and beyond. In post-project sustainability it is envisaged to be able to provide test-bed services to the European crisis management innovation community to support evidence-based capability development.
Finally, we describe the vision of a better functioning crisis management innovation eco-system, i.e. a system where the different actors engage in a structured debate on requirements and where capability development is supported by methods and infrastructure for building and maintaining the necessary knowledge basis.