Civil-militärt informationsutbyte vid PRT Mazar-e Sharif


  • Anders Noren

Publish date: 2011-12-30

Report number: FOI-R--3366--SE

Pages: 31

Written in: Swedish


  • Civil-military cooperation
  • information sharing
  • comprehensive approach
  • military interventions
  • humanitarian organizations
  • Afghanistan


From a military intelligence and CIMIC perspective, the report describes the needs and possibilities for, and some of the obstacles of, information sharing between military and civilian actors in Afghanistan. Access to information is described as less of a problem, than the difficulties to assure validity of information in a general information overload. From both intelligence and a CIMIC perspective, understanding of the civilian population regarding its attitudes and opinions, is considered the main military information deficit. NGO:s, particularly humanitarians, is considered a possible link to that understanding. These organisations generally abide tendency to abide by the humanitarian principles, which entails challenges to civil-military relations. However, the humanitarian principles are also considered the main reason behind the organisations ability to work with and among the population. Information sharing is a matter of 'give and take', and a strict application of the Swedish Armed Forces information sharing policy is not considered possible or desirable under all circumstances. Even though only a limited amount of military information is considered too secret to share, the dissemination is time and resource consuming. Despite difficulties, information sharing between military and civilian actors do occur, through UNAMA and UNOCHA as well as private security companies employed by some NGO:s, and especially through the NGO security organisation ANSO.

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