26 Nov 2020
JRC proposes new framework to raise awareness and resilience against hybrid threats
The European Commission (EC) has presented a new conceptual framework, proposed by researchers, to improve the understanding of modern hybrid threats, and to facilitate the development of effective measures to increase EU resilience against them. The framework was developed by the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats and was introduced at a launch event on 26 November 2020.
The 'hybrid threats' concept refers to coordinated action conducted by hostile state or non-state actors with the deliberate goal to undermine or harm democratic states. The framework developed describes the different components of hybrid threats, shedding light on the actors, as well as their objectives and tools. The work aims to facilitate the early detection of hybrid threats, the identification of gaps in preparedness and response and the development of effective measures to counter this complex phenomenon.The research teams call for a whole-of-society approach, which brings together all civil, military and political actors for a more effective response to hybrid threats.