July 2020:

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.

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.
    • 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

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!

On July 16, 2020, the Director of the Bulgarian Defense Institute - Colonel PhD Dimitar Kirkov held a meeting with Eng. Blagovesta Shineva - Manager of the Center for Testing and European Sertification - Stara Zagora (CTES - Stara Zagora) and Eng. Chavdara Atanasova - Head of Type A Inspection Body at CTES. The meeting was also attended by Colonel Nikolay Zlatanov - Head of "Tests and Control Measurements of Armaments, Machinary and Property" Directorate.

During the talks discussed the possibilities for cooperation between the Defense Institute and CTES, which consist of exchanging technical experts, carrying out developments activities, using the Laboratories of the Defense Institute as a subcontractor, etc. Both sides welcomed the idea of signing a Memorandum of Cooperation in the near future.

On July 29, 2020, the solemn service of the diplomas of the officers of the "Dobrudzhanski - 2020" - I round, was held  at the "G. S. Rakovski" National Defense College. The military officers successfully completed the specialty "Strategic Management of Defense and the Armed Forces".

The topmost student is Colonel Assoc. Prof. Nikolay Stoyanov, PhD – Deputy Director of the Bulgarian Defense Institute, with a excellent grade - 6.00.
We wish him health, personal happiness and professional success!