National Security Analytical Centre (NBAC)
The origins of NBAC
The National Security and Analytical Centre (NBAC) was established on 1 January 2013 upon the project approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic in the Resolution 75 on 7 March 2012. The Slovak Information Service initiated and started to work on the project in the first half of 2011 and has been managing it since. NBAC as a part of the SIS organisation structure is a result of the tasks defined in the 2011 - 2015 National Action Plan for Counter-terrorism in the Slovak Republic. The activities of NBAC are regulated by the Code of Practice (CoP). The original CoP was approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic in Resolution 700 of 12 December 2012. The Addendum of the Code of Practice was approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic in Resolution 337 of 26 June 2013. A new CoP based on the experience gained throughout the years was approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic in Resolution 229 of 8 June 2016.
NBAC presents a new format of an interdepartmental organisational structure that Slovakia had no previous experience with. Since NBAC associates several entities at the national level responsible for counter-terrorism and critical security threats to the Slovak Republic, its citizens and interests, the project arrangements were quite comprehensive.
NBAC Objectives and Tasks
NBAC is defined as SIS analytical, communication and cooperation country-wide centre that identifies security threats. Major NBAC tasks include assessing security incidents reported by the Slovak state authorities analytically and comprehensively, monitoring security situation in Slovakia from open sources and providing analytical products on security threats in Slovakia to the defined recipients.
NBAC is runs as an analytical centre with active engagement of representatives of major state security authorities. Representatives of the Slovak Information Service, Military Intelligence, Police Corps, Criminal Authority of Financial Administration, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, National Security Authority as well as the Government Office of the Slovak Republic are seconded to the centre. Other participating state entities report any recorded security incidents to NBAC. Information products processed by NBAC are subsequently forwarded to the involved state bodies and institutions as well as other entities established by the state in order to support decision-making process and adoption of security measures.
The central analytical centre model creates space for direct and flexible communication between NBAC and the entities involved. It accelerates collection of any available knowledge of potential threats and concentrates it in a single point. It also enables more comprehensive analytical assessment of potential threats and prompt distribution of its products to relevant external recipients responsible for prevention of illegal activities or threats.
NBAC is mandated to communicate with similar partner organisations and centres abroad. NBAC represents the state at the multilateral platform MADRID GROUP. The centre has also established bilateral co-operation with partner centres from the EU and NATO member states.