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The deployment by insurgents and terrorists of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), in particular roadside IEDs, is the operational scourge of our time. They are used in vast numbers to maim and kill civilians and enemy forces, where they are highly effective at slowing troop movements.

IEDs hidden along roads or in buildings are disguised as construction material, cement blocks, in anything from empty drinks cans to animal carcasses. Buried IEDs are often laid in ‘daisy chain’ configurations - a string of IEDs wired together so that a single signal will detonate all the munitions at the same time, or in sequence. Widely spread webs of IEDs, connected to one trigger wire, produce an explosive force multiplier against advancing forces.......read more.

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Bioweapons have often been mentioned in a historical context ranging from 6th, 12th-15th centuries BC to the “Black Death” (plague) of medieval times to intentional Variola major (smallpox) outbreaks of the 16th and 17th centuries among settlers and disaffected Native American tribes to World Wars I and II, to the clandestine research and development programs of nation-states, such as the Biopreparat program of the former Soviet Union, and the offensive BW programs of the West to the 1991 Persian Gulf War and beyond.

Decades of progress in the life sciences, and weapon delivery technologies, have made it possible to industrially cultivate, produce and disseminate pathogenic organisms and biological toxins as weapons of mass effect that can generate high casualty loads and cause great social disruption. The foundations of recombinant biotechnology / molecular biology have made it feasible to design and construct “designer bugs” programmed to be antibiotic or antiviral resistant, circumvent immune system surveillance and defenses, possess enhanced virulence, defy detection and confound diagnosis.......read more.


We have no way to detect radiation with our senses – unlike so many hazards we’re familiar with, it’s invisible, tasteless, odorless; neither can we feel it nor hear it. The only way that we have to tell whether or not we’re in the presence of a radiological hazard – or even a radiological inconvenience – is by using instruments. But even here we’re not off the hook because there are a plethora of radiation instruments and if you use the wrong one then you might still miss detecting what you’re looking for.

One example comes to mind – a researcher at a university I used to work for. He was working with an isotope that emits low-energy gamma radiation and he was surveying with a Geiger counter (specifically, a pancake-type GM detector like the one shown here). geiger-detectorUnfortunately, this type of detector simply can’t detect low-energy gammas and even though he had flawless survey technique he failed to detect the contamination he’d spread around his lab. And as a result, a number of researchers became contaminated. There are all sorts of similar stories but, rather than regaling you with them, let me give you a little background information and then explain how to use this information to select an appropriate radiation instrument.......read more.


This is the 22nd issue of the feature called the IBC Threat Assessment (IBC-TA) that was initiated in November 2014. It is intended to inform our readers about ongoing and emerging CRBNe-threats that need the attention of policymakers, experts and ordinary citizens. If left unattended these threats may result in grave consequences for different sectors of our societies and/or the security of ordinary citizens. As the threat environment is constantly changing existing regulations, crisis plans or security protocols are often insufficient and in need of adaptation or review. Every TA will cover a threat for each CBRNe category. The TA’s are based on open sources.

Topics covered in this issue:

  • Samples and documentation about renewed chemical attacks in Syria will soon be handed over by the Syrian government to the OPCW
  • Expanding wave of outbreaks of avian influenza in Europe (H5N8) and Southeast Asia (H5N6) getting worse
  • New UN General Assembly resolution on depleted uranium (DU) weapons puts pressure on countries still using them
  • Global Incidents & Trafficking Database useful tool to reduce nuclear security risks
  • Mossad hit team conducts targeted killing of Hamas drone expert in Tunisia
End date of collection: December 20, 2016

The Threat Assessments are based on open sources. End date of collection: December 20, 2016.......read more.


Issue 41 | January 2017


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