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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.

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In our June edition we continue to track the ongoing threat from ISIL with a  Special Report from Australia and the Far East by leading CW expert Col. Hamish de Bretton Gordon. Tim Otter explores the link between natural disasters and CBRN response, and David Oliver interviews leading detection company Environics. We shine a spotlight on nuclear terrorism: Andy Oppenheimer reviews the Litvinenko Inquiry and ‘London’s miniature nuclear attack’, and Col H.R. Naidu Gade focuses on Pakistan. Dr Xavier Stewart and Michael Deckert work out how to balance the CBRN budget, and Ilja Bonsen and Ram Athavale examine the European Union’s programmes. Supt Ian Womersley describes vital changes at the UK National CBRN Centre, while expert training in the US is highlighted by Matthew J. Shaw.

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Following numerous terrorist outrages in 2015, and with chemical terrorism threatening to spread beyond the Middle East, the January 2016 edition of CBNW presents an Exclusive Interview by Ilja M. Bonsen with Peshmerga commander Lahur Talabani on ISIL’s continued use of chemical weapons.

We also feature a Special Report from Syria by leading CW expert Col. Hamish de Bretton Gordon and an assessment of the world’s worst Ebola virus outbreak by CBNW Deputy Editor Dr Salma Abbasi. Frank G Rando reports on the Tianjin chemical disaster, Dai Swan provides a radiation incident training session from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Col. Naidu Gade analyses the nuclear arms race between Indian and Pakistan, David Oliver interviews leading companies Arktis and IMeBIO, and Editor Andy Oppenheimer reviews the evolving CBRN terrorist threat.

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In the wake of multiple chemical weapons attacks by Syrian forces and   ISIL, May CBNW presents an in-depth report from the front line by leading CW expert Hamish de Bretton Gordon. Editor Andy Oppenheimer reviews the CBRN threat from ISIL as well as from self-starter groups and lone-wolf terrorists. Steven Pike explains ways to improve training and Lt Col Ladislava Navratilova explains the vital role of the Czech Fire Service in chemical response. Supt Gloria Ogbuka examines poverty as a prime factor in the Ebola outbreak, and Dai Williams analyses its psychological impact. On the world stage Alexander Frank ventures into Ukraine and assesses the Russian nuclear threat, and Deputy Editor David Oliver interviews VP of Marketing & Sales at Bertin Technologies, Bruno Vallayer.



Following the deadliest outbreak of Ebola fever on record, January CBNW includes a special section on Ebola by leading first responders and medical specialists focusing on its social and economic impact as well as the ongoing challenges of medical care, treatments, testing, response and prevention. Editor Andy Oppenheimer analyses the rising threat posed by ISIL and other terrorist groups, and examines response to further use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. Deputy Editor David Oliver reviews CBRN training in the Czech Republic and Ilja Bonsen asks if the EU is prepared for a CBRN attack.  Holly Carter looks at new ways of managing decontamination, and CBNW US correspondent Frank Rando talks to Vice President and General Manager of CBRNE Defense at Battelle, Matt Shaw.