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Spotlight on the STRATEGY use cases

STRATEGY will test and validate new and existing (pre-)standards in the crisis management domain. In the beginning of the project, the current standardisation landscape in crisis management was mapped, for which results of pertinent projects and initiatives were analysed. The mapping included end-user needs, existing standards as well as potential gaps and areas of improvement.

Based on this, in order to test and further process the most relevant standardisation items, Use Cases have been developed across the eight crisis management streams addressed in STRATEGY:

  • Search and rescue
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Response planning
  • Command and control
  • Early warning and Rapid damage assessment
  • Chemical, biological radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRN-E)
  • Training and
  • Terminology/Symbology.

The Use Cases serve to define specific contexts in which envisaged standards are supposed to be applied. They will be operated in the table-top exercises (TTXs), and possibly the full-scale exercise (FSX). Each Use Case description includes a presentation of

  • its general scope and objective,
  • the methodology,
  • pre-conditions/requirements,
  • main actors,
  • standardisation items addressed,
  • the targeted state and criteria of success, and
  • a description of the Use Case flow.

Prior to the actual definition of Use Cases, the standardisation items to be addressed in each stream were selected. This was based on the comprehensive list of the gaps identified when mapping the standardisation landscape in the initial phase of STRATEGY. Following a structured process, and involving all relevant STRATEGY partners, especially end-users as well as standardisation bodies, the specific standardisation items to be further addressed in STRATEGY by means of Use Cases were selected.

During the selection of standardisation gaps and the definition of Use Cases, relations between the streams and specific standardisation gaps were carefully considered, in order to address standardisation items in combination, where useful, and to avoid overlaps.

Concluding, the Use Cases and their correlations will be the basis for further testing and development, and the implementation of TTXs.