The Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) at the Swedish Defence University is a national research center with the task to develop and disseminate scientific and policy-relevant knowledge of asymmetric threats.
CATS conducts research and education in three main pillars under the "asymmetric umbrella":
- Terrorism studies
- Intelligence studies
- Information operations (IO), specifically cyber security/cyber defense and strategic communication/influence operations. Due to the changed security policy environment in Europe the last year, there has been an increased focus in studies on defensive policies to counter asymmetric warfare and hybrid operations.
The projects at Cats are mainly sponsored by The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), The Cabinet Offices and The Swedish Armed Forces.