The Developmental History of the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS)

Abstract:

This article describes how to develop, adapt, and manage an independent think tank approaching new cross-sectoral forms of national security threats within a government stove-piped system. The Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish Defence University was in a European context a unique hybrid entity that combined academic research with policy relevant recommendations and trusted second opinions to Cabinet departments and agencies. This article explores how to bend stovepipes within a Swedish context in the areas of Counter Terrorism, Intel-ligence Studies, Cyber Security, and Influence Operations.


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Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies Department of Security, Strategy, and Leadership Swedish Defence University,
Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Lars Nicander is Director for the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at The Swedish Defence University—an independent government Think Tank. He was also, between 1997-2002, appointed Secretary of the Cabinet Working-Group on Defensive Information Operations. He is a political scientist with a dissertation on “New Threats—Old Routines” at Åbo Akademi University in Finland, and has served in various positions within the Swedish national security environment during the last 30 years. He has been an elected member of the Institute of Strategic Studies in London (IISS) and Fellow of The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences for many years.

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C2
C2S
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CIA
CIP
CPS

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DoS

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