SOFT TARGET PROTECTION is an advanced research workshop under the auspices of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme. The workshop is aimed at solving problems in areas of Soft Target Protecting and is organized in parallel with FUTURE FORCES FORUM 2018.

The workshop covers areas such as:

Key speakers have been chosen to cover all areas related to soft target protection. They are experts in their fields having major knowledge of the problem. This workshop could be an enriching event for you and you will be able to share your experiences, change information and gain new contacts and partners for further cooperation.
The intended participants are experienced experts and researchers who are involved in activity of soft target protection or terrorism and other violent threats related to soft target protection. Participants will be also specialists working in this area, students and researches specializing in security studies who will follow the conference proceedings. Non-speaking participants will be able to learn about the most common problems related to soft targets and their protection, about new possibilities in this area.
Participants of FUTURE FORCES FORUM (17-19 October 2018) are wide spectrum of people connected with the development, design and manufacturing in the area of defence engineering and technologies. The parallel workshop Soft Target Protection with the exhibition will bring the possibility to connect the scientific area with the end-users and to participate of all visitors of exhibitions. Vice versa the workshop participants will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition. Workshop participant can obtain new information from the current technologies on the market. In such way this event impact will extend beyond the direct participant, because it will not be only for the workshop participants but for the exposition visitors, e.g. specialists and the public.

Why we want to organize this workshop aimed to Soft Target Protection?

The security situation in the world has deteriorated significantly over the last period, as is shown by the growing number of attacks on objects characterized by low levels of protection and high concentration of people – soft targets. Almost always, these attacks are accompanied by a large number of casualties. The deterioration in the security situation also means an increased need to protect and defend soft targets, where we currently face several problems – from the inability to create a single internationally valid definition to the application of an appropriate security system.  At the moment, very few countries have begun to engage in an effort to improve the situation, so it is very important to constantly raise awareness of the possibilities and ways to contribute to addressing these problems. The proposed topic is important and relevant to NATO because is closely relate to all SPS Key Priority mentioned in 1a) (methods for the protection, defence against terrorism, detection technologies and risk management).

The objectives of the proposed workshop are to:

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information about the news and expanding security needs of Soft Target Protection;
  • Present and assess future threat scenarios relevant to Soft Target Protection;
  • Review of the successes and failures currently known in protection of soft targets

The outcomes of the proposed workshop:

  • An analysis of the workshop outcomes with summary of the results and a book comprised of the papers by the presenters.
  • We want to highlight the importance of protecting human life in the military and civilian sectors. The civilian sector includes a critical infrastructure, which also includes the protection of soft targets.
  • We have managed to gather many experts who deal with problems related to soft targets protection, terrorism or other violent threats related to soft targets protection. We are confident to have a significant outreach through speakers networks.
Selected papers will be published in the NATO Science Series.


Ms. Zuzana Kubíková
Department of Security Management
Faculty of Security Engineering
University of Žilina
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NATO Country Co-Director of this project is Prof. Ladislav Hofreiter  from the Department of Security Management, Faculty of Security Engineering, University of Žilina, Slovakia
Partner Country Co-Director of this project is Dr. Tech. Sc,. Prof. Viacheslav Berezutskyi from Institution National Technical University Kharkovsky Politechnical Institute, Ukraine

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