In our first edition of 2018 we home in on rapid response, with Ed Gummow rolling out a UGV platform on our transport network, while David Oliver visits the London Fire Brigade. Brig Gen Xavier Stewart assesses the CBRN threat from North Korea. Col Hamish de Bretton Gordon reports from the Middle East on the rising chemical weapons threat, with Andy Oppenheimer adding improvised chemical devices to the mix. Col Naidu H R Gade examines safety at India’s nuclear facilities, and Col Zygmunt F. Dembek looks at the bioterrorist threat to water supplies. Our Country Focus takes us to Italy for CBRN training with the Italian Red Cross and the7th NBC Defence Regiment, while Kevin Cresswell takes a ringside seat for a Thrilla in Manila – and provides a brief history of bombings in Britain. James Tomlinson presents new portable gamma ray spectrometers and José Luis Pérez-Díaz outlines a new device for rapid decontamination. Col Ram Athavale sounds the alarm on crisis communications while Frank G. Rando looks at the effects of natural disasters on infrastructure, and Ilja M. Bonsen warns about CBRN threats to aviation. And with the Great Nuclear Unmentionable looming on the horizon, Grant Coffey asks if we are taking chances with CBRNE response, and Dee Ruelas tells us to duck and cover – again.
In our second edition in a year already punctuated by chemical attacks by the Syrian state and the world’s most murderous cult, Daesh, Col Hamish de Bretton Gordon presents chemical weapon use in the Middle East as the new norm and CBNW Publisher Tina Naji conducts an exclusive interview with OPCW Director-General H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü on the outstanding work that won his Organization the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. With a new and unpredictable US President, Brig Gen Stewart discusses US CBRN funding in the Age of Trump. Editor-in-Chief Andy Oppenheimer warns how the growing menace of cyber-attacks could bring down nuclear infrastructure. And with the growing threat of more varied terrorist modus operandi, Head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing’s National CBRN Centre Det. Supt. Ian Womersley describes how it works with multiple agencies in response to a major incident. European CBRN defence comes under the spotlight when Ilja M. Bonsen meets the Commander of the Bundeswehr’s CBRN Defence Command Col. Henry Neumann, Henri Derschum presents a new decontamination system for its Medical Service, and CBNW Deputy Editor David Oliver meets the President of Paul Boyé Technologies.
Our first edition of the year comes at a time of tumultuous change, increased terrorism, and expanding threats. This January we highlight the ongoing courageous challenges in overcoming ISIS, with an exclusive report by Ilja M. Bonsen on the Syrian National Coalition’s experience of chemical weapons attacks in the conflict and a special report by Hamish de Bretton Gordon on the continued use of chemical weapons in Syria, while Andy Oppenheimer reviews their use by Syrian state forces and the rising dangers emanating from North Korea. The growing menace of lone-wolf terrorism is analysed by Brig. Gen. (Pa) Ret Xavier Stewart; CBNW Deputy Editor David Oliver reviews live training exercises in London in preparation for this and multiple threats; Col H.R. Naidu Gade asks if another chemical disaster on the level of Bhopal can be prevented, and Steven Pike describes the vital role of training and simulation in dealing with such incidents. Ram Athavale and Gary Flory revisit the anthrax threat and urban response to outbreaks, and David Oliver interviews leading technology company Rigaku Analytical Devices.
In the first half of 2017 the UK was targeted by four terrorist attacks; three were in central London. The terrorist cell which killed 15 people in Catalonia in August was planning massive vehicle bombing attacks in Barcelona. While terrorists resort increasingly to the ‘low-tech’ modus operandi, the IED continues to be the weapon of choice.
In our 2017 edition, Editor-in-Chief Andy Oppenheimer looks into the investigation into the Manchester bombing, and assesses terrorist use of the Internet to make IEDs; Brian Clesham advocates private enterprises for demining operations; David Thompson reports on Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017; Ronald Alford describes disruptor demos at the show; Ronnie Aledo warns against the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan; Kier Head rolls out jammers against drones; Melanie Moughton outlines the role of the Felix Fund charity; David Oliver interviews leading firm Cobalt Light Systems, and takes us aboard advanced aircraft for detecting unexploded ordnance.
And as is customary, we at CBNW Xplosive extend our thanks to all of you who risk your lives to help keep us safe.