Defence, Peace and Stability

Innovative technologies

Emergency management

Critical Infrastructures protection

CBRN risk mitigation

Mediation and peacebuilding

Innovative technologies

Armed Forces are an expression of a country’s ability to defend itself and a crucial partner in the stabilisation of sensitive areas. SAFE promotes peace as the cornerstone of its work – therefore, it does not implement activities related to the development of armaments of any kind.

SAFE regards joint work with the Armed Forces of EU and non-EU countries as crucial, both for the development of new technologies for the security of citizens and for the transfer of know-how in areas such as CBRN or CIMIC activities in conflict or post-conflict countries, as well as Security Force Assistance (SFA) activities. SAFE proposes itself as a partner for research and capability development of EU and NATO funded projects in the area of technological innovation.

Emergency management

To effectively address risks and emergencies, SAFE believes in an approach based on the following pillars: Prevention, Preparedness, Protection, Response and Recovery. In the field of disaster and emergency management, SAFE is engaged on several levels.

SAFE actively collaborates with institutional actors to improve existing methods and processes, to encourage stakeholders to seek and explore innovative solutions, to monitor continuous improvement and to ensure the sharing of relevant initiatives in the field of emergency management.

Critical Infrastructures protection

Critical infrastructure can be threatened by dangerous events, natural or man-made, involving operators, armed forces and first responders. CBRN events are among the most relevant because of their potential physical impact on infrastructures. Through its projects, SAFE improves the CBRN readiness and response of public and private critical infrastructure operators in several countries, in line with national and international regulations.

CBRN risk mitigation

Protection against CBRN agents following conflicts, natural disasters, industrial accidents and terrorist attacks is crucial for global peace and security.
SAFE actively supports and promotes innovation in the CBRN field, including innovative equipment, training courses and cutting-edge technological solutions (including the use of virtual and augmented reality for training, in which SAFE is an important promoter and leader at European level).
SAFE is a member of the Italian CBRN-P3 Cluster (Technological, Industrial and Institutional Cluster for the preparedness, prevention and protection of the population and the environment from CBRN risks) where it supports the definition of new ideas and the development of new projects.
SAFE is committed to making CBRN research less costly, more widespread, and interconnected by breaking down barriers between public and private actors and encouraging collaboration in the CBRN industrial fabric, fighting fragmentation.

Mediation and peacebuilding

Peace is a key facilitator for economic, social and human development. SAFE supports local and international actors in implementing effective dialogue projects in conflict and post-conflict countries by deploying high-level experts, facilitating dialogue opportunities, specialised training and technical assistance.

SAFE has a strong track record in the preparation and implementation of projects in the defence sector: from CBRN innovation, the focus on new cutting-edge technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and eXtended Reality (XR), to real-life exercises involving law enforcement, critical infrastructure and public and private actors.


  • ARZ 2021

    CBRN Counter Terrorism Field Exercise

    150.000 Euros
    08/2021 – 12/2021

    In the context of the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) initiative, under the Patronage of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, ARZ 2021 was developed: a 4-day inter-agency CBRN field exercise that focused on key aspects of detection and first response against CBRN security threats.

  • CBRN Protection of Critical infrastructures in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon

    2.999.200 Euros
    07/2019 - 06/2022
    Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon

    Project P73 strives to exchange best practices in CBRN disaster prevention, preparedness, and response. The overall objective of the Lebanese component, of which SAFE is the coordinator, is to ensure the protection and operation of the chain of command in the event of CBRN events, particularly of the Prime Minister and the Grand Sérail, home of the Prime Minister’s office.

    P73 provides equipment for detection, protection, and decontamination from CBR agents and training on CBRN hazards and warning and detection systems for Grand Sérail personnel.


    European Union Libya Expertise, Advisory and Deployment

    3.500.000 Euros
    12/2020 – 06/2022

    The second phase of the EULEAD project aims to support Libya’s institutional development into a stable and functioning country through the deployment of experts in the areas of stabilization and people’s security so that Libyan institutions can perform their functions aware of the conflict and operating with respect for human rights.

  • Cascade Framework Contract for the Provision of CBRN Protection Research & Technology Studies and Expertise

    1.000.000 Euros
    01/2021 – 01/2025
    EU Member States

    The consortium led by University of Rome Tor Vergata with the support of SAFE has been selected by the European Defence Agency (EDA) as the second positioned within a cascading framework contract for the provision of services in the form of studies and expertise on “Research and Technologies for CBRN Risk Protection”.


    Study, Design, Building and Deployment of a CBRN XR Training Platform

    Initiative self-funded by participating countries
    01/2022 – 01/2025
    Italy, USA, Latvia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany

    HFM-NMSG-354 was promoted by NATO with the main objective of developing augmented reality software and hardware for conducting training/training activities for operators in CBRN operations through simulation of multiple practical scenarios.


    Virtual Enhanced Reality for inTeroperable traIning of CBRN military and civilian Operators

    2.736.613 Euros
    12/2021 - 11/2023
    Italy, Belgium, Austria

    The VERTIgO project promotes an integrated approach in the field of relief during conflict or disaster by creating a new harmonized tool that supports the virtualization and simulation of CBRN defense training. The overall goal of the project is to study, create and validate a platform called EESP for the Virtual Reality application of training activities in response to CBRN events.

  • MoSaiC

    Real-time Monitoring and Sampling of CB menaces for improved dynamic mapping of threats, vulnerabilities and response capacities

    4.401.671 Euros
    12/2022 - 12/2025
    Italy, Austria, Denmark, Esthonia, Netherlands

    The MoSaiC project will provide new detection capabilities. The goal is to strengthen CBRN DIM platforms to include low-cost chemical and biological monitoring technologies using unmanned systems for chemical and biological monitoring and sampling missions.

  • EU Technical Assistance on CBRN Risks Mitigation in Lebanon

    2.270.050 Euros (service contract)
    1.193.907 Euros (supply contract)
    08/2018 – 08/2021

    The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity and resilience of Lebanese security institutions through: capacity building for response to CBRNe events through specialized individual and interagency training and development of an institutional network to promote the creation and adoption of standard operational procedures and mechanisms for information exchange.


    Operational CBR Threat Situational Awareness

    Initiative self-financed by participating nations
    03/2023 – 02/2026
    Italy, UK, USA, Norway, Canada, Spain, Czech Republic

    HFM-SET-353 was promoted by NATO with the aim of exploring the most advanced technological solutions in CBR Situational Awareness.


    Operations Security and Susceptibility to Influence in the Information Environment

    Initiative self-financed by participating nations
    01/2022 – 02/2026

    HFM-RTG-345 was promoted by NATO with the aim of identifying gaps and strengths concerning the current capabilities of the Alliance member nations in the OPSEC area.


    Assessment of Factors Impacting Cybersickness

    Initiative self-financed by participating nations
    06/2022 – 06/2025

    HFM-RTG-345 was promoted by NATO with the aim of investigating the effects of cybersickness related to the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) instrumentation.