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2020-07-08 YET ANOTHER SUCCESS FOR THE BULGARIAN DEFENSE INSTITUTE

The Bulgarian Defense Institute with yet another proof of quality and professionalism!

On June 25, 2020 the Central Testing Laboratory for Logistic Properties at the Defense Institute, after successfully undergone planned supervision under BDS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories" by the Executive Agency "Bulgarian Accreditation Service" is re-accredited and expanded the scope of accreditation by ten indicators - ORDER No A 371/25.06.2020 and CERTIFICATE reg. No 33 LI/25.06.2020, valid until 26.05.2024.

In March this year, the Laboratory successfully defended the name of the Defense Institute "Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov" in conducting the tests with the textiles, designated for the medical personnel protective clothes in the fight against COVID-19 under extreme conditions.

The Director of the Bulgarian Defense Institute – Colonel PhD Dimitar Kirkov expresses gratitude to the expert staff of the Laboratory for the professionalism and responsibility, demonstrated in the performance of the official duties!

2020-07-02 Invitation for publications in Journal of Defense and Security Technologies - JDST

The Bulgarian Defense Institute "Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov" invites you to participate with publications in the Journal "Defense and Security Technologies". The topic of the journal is: „Big Data Challenges – Situation Awareness and Decision Support“.
In this issue of the journal, we intend you to continue the work on discussing and exploring how the Big Data Challenges – Situation Awareness and Decision Support may assist the military in understanding the situation and support them in making better decisions.
Interested authors are invited to submit an original contribution addressing (but not limited to) one or more of the following topics: Artificial Intelligence; Challenges in Big Data exploration/exploitation; Cyber defence and security; Decision support; Human cognition and perception; Human Factors; Information warfare; Medicine/Genomics; Modelling and simulation; Sensors and electronic technology; Situation Awareness; Visual Analytics; Visualization.
Editors: 
    • Dr. Margaret Varga, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Valerie Lavigne from Defense Research and Development Canada, government of Canada
Publication charges: Publication of the accepted in the JDST is free of charge.
For more information please visit: https://www.jdst.eu/call-papers/big-data-challenges-situation-awareness-and-decision-support

2020-07-01 CONTRIBUTION OF BULGARIAN DEFENSE INSTITUTE TO NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION

The NATO Science and Technology Organization (NATO STO) published on its webpage the Technical Report of Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) Panel Research Task Group (RTG), titled Human Systems Integration Approach to Cyber Security (NATO STO HFM-259). 
This RTG-259 was established in 2015 and 7 NATO and Partnership for Peace nations among which Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine and USA contributed to the study. 
Bulgaria was the lead nation and the Chair of the RTG was Prof. Dr Sc. Yantsislav Yanakiev from the Bulgarian Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov” who is also Principal National representative in the Panel Human Factors and Medicine. 
The main goal of the RTG was to promote cooperative human-centred research activities in a NATO framework on the complex phenomenon of cyber security as a socio-technical system. The idea was to implement a common research perspective to study cyber security that focuses on the interrelatedness between technology and software developments, concepts, strategies and doctrines, organizational processes improvement and human performance. 

The NATO STO HFM-259 team developed and tested a Human Systems Integration framework to study cyber security, knowledge base and used sophisticated software tooling to analyse the role of human factors in cyber security. Part of the products of the work (database and tool) are available to be used by NATO STO and interested national institutions of the contributing nations. 
The report is publicly available here.

2020-06-22 THE BULGARIAN DEFENSE INSTITUTE HAS PUBLISHED THE NEW ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF DEFENSE AND SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES

The Bulgarian Defense Institute "Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov" published the new issue of the Journal of Defense and Security Technologies (Volume 3, June 2020).

The main focus of this volume is on the approaches for a long-term forecasting of the trends in the development of the defense technologies. It is dedicated to the results achieved in the framework of the European Defense Agency Project „Predictive methodology for Technology Intelligence Analysis“(PYTHIA), carried out in the period 2018-2020.

The articles cover topics like: the defence strategy and new disruptive technologies nexus; the human factor-based failures in technology forecasting; the approaches for prioritisation of national interests of the EU Member States; the approaches to counter hybrid threats; the conceptual modelling in simulation of military logistics processes.

The editors of the volume are Prof. Dr. Sc. Yantsislav Yanakiev and Dr. Giuseppe Vella - coordinator of PYTHIA project.

It is accessible at the following address: https://www.jdst.eu/journal-issue/jdst-vol3

2020-06-19 PROCUREMENT RESEARCH AT THE BULGARIAN DEFENSE INSTITUTE

On June 18, 2020 the Bulgarian Defense Institute  held training of employees to work with the Centralized Automated Information System "Electronic Procurement". It was discovered by the Director of the Institute – Colonel PhD Dimitar Kirkov. Guest lecturer at the seminar was Mrs. Mariana Katsarova – lawyer, expert in public procurement. The aim of the seminar is to get to know the architecture and main aspects of the electronic platform and to acquire practical skills to work with it.