Lt Gen (ret) Ippokratis Daskalakis
Director of Studies
(HEL.I.S.S.) Hellenic Institute for Strategic Studies
Lieutenant General (ret) Ippokratis Daskalakis was born in Thessaloniki (1961). Following his graduation from
the Hellenic Military Academy (1983), he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in Artillery.
He was serving in different Field and Air-Defense Artillery Units and he was attending all Courses as provided
to his rank. He trained in the Air Defense HAWK System in Fort Bliss, USA and in the Strategic Intelligence
Course in Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC.
From 2000-2003, he was assigned as J2 Balkans Section Chief in the Allied Forces Headquarters in Napoli, Italy.
Following his graduation from the Hellenic Defense College (2008) he was assigned to SHAPE, Belgium in the
Military Cooperation Division responsible for the military cooperation between NATO and Partnership for
Peace Countries, Mediterranean Dialogue Countries and ICI Countries.
In May 2011 he took over the Command of NATO MISSILE FIRING INSTALLATIONS until April 2013 when he was
He graduated from the School of the International and European Studies of “Panteio” University. He holds a
“Master” Degree at the same University concerning International Relations and Strategic Studies. Nowadays,
he is PhD candidate. He is member of the Hellenic Institute for Strategic Studies holding the task of Studies
"Security threats and protection measures for coastal and offshore energy installations"
In the current economic climate and tight international energy markets, an attack on a major offshore or
coastal production platform or export terminal or refinery, could have immediate and devastating
consequences for the global and national economies.
Energy installation security threats maybe classified in several ways based on different criteria. All
these criteria should be deeply examined in order to determine vulnerability assessment, risk mitigation and
consequences management policy.
It is not possible to provide a 100% guaranteed security in coastal and offshore energy installations
even not necessary by terms of cost!
Basic actions that should be taken for the protection of energy installations:
Preparation of Risk Assessment;
Adoption of threat mitigation measures;
Evaluation and Update of security plans;
Readiness for handling undesirable events and devastating consequences.
We should always keep in mind, the sensitive balance between security risks, possible adversaries,
potential consequences and cost of our protection’s measures. Only a complete and efficient risk assessment
can ensured the above mentioned balance and can act as the base of our preparation.