The Programmatic and Institutional (Re‐)Configuration of the Swiss National Security Field

Traditionally, Swiss national security focused intimately on the military protection of national territory and institutions. Following the principles of armed neutrality and autonomous defense, the field was organized closely by the Defense Ministry and shied away from sizable international security partnerships. Since the end of the Cold War, however, the policy domain has moved far beyond such positions (Goetschel et al. 2005; Spillmann et al. 2001). It expanded from military and civil defense to activities such as integrated peace‐building, the fight against transnational organized crime, integrated border management, and critical infrastructure protection. This programmatic reorientation was accompanied by new institutional arrangements. Domestically, inter‐cantonal and federal policing were enhanced and intelligence services integrated. Army capabilities were directed to new mandates and new countrywide inter‐ministerial coordination platforms developed. Internationally, Switzerland joined the Partnership for Peace, Euro‐Atlantic Partnership Council, United Nations, and Schengen/Dublin frameworks.

National Security Threats Differentiated by Agency Attention

Individual Agency Contributions to National Threat Management

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Technology foresight – Armasuisse Publication – Technological developments and challenges

The aim of the Technology Foresight research program is to identify disruptive technology trends. It will assess their implications within a military context and indicate possible consequences for the Swiss Armed Forces. armasuisse Science and Technology is contributing to the identification of future technologies that may significantly change the military environment. Identifying potentially disruptive technology trends in good time will allow risks affecting developments and planning for the armed forces to be addressed in a timely manner. This requires the continuous pursuit and evaluation of research activity across a variety of technology areas.

Deftech Technological Developments and challenges

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Source: Armasuisse, Research Program 7 – Technology Foresight

Les premières cyber-recrues de l’armée suisse entrent en phase de sélection

Pour la première fois, des recrues de l’armée suisse vont recevoir une instruction spécifique consacrée à la cyberdéfense. Durant les deuxièmes écoles de recrues de l’année 2018, qui ont débuté ce lundi 25 juin, une formation pilote dans le domaine «cyber» sera prodiguée à des jeunes amenés ensuite à être affectés à une cyberunité de l’armée suisse. Pour rappel, en mars, le parlement suisse a accepté une motion chargeant le Conseil fédéral de mettre en place une organisation de cyberdéfense rattachée à l’armée. La nouvelle unité réunira 100 à 150 professionnels de l’informatique et 400 à 600 miliciens.

Les recrues qui recevront une instruction à la cyberdéfense seront sélectionnées au cours des prochaines semaines. La formation, qui débutera en août, durera 40 semaines (800 heures) et se déroulera dans un lieu dédié (l’Electronic Warfare School 64) deux fois par an, renseigne le site de l’armée suisse. Les participants au cours peuvent ensuite passer un examen pour obtenir un certificat fédéral de «Cyber Security Specialist».

Source : ICT Journal