On 22 March 2016, 32 people were killed and at least 200 injured by suicide bombings at Brussels Zaventem international airport in Brussels. On 28 June 2016 a combination shooting and bombing attack on Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, left 45 dead. The destruction of a Metrojet airliner above the Sinai desert on 31 October 2015 by an on-board explosive device was the most devastating airborne terrorist attack since 9/11. These recent atrocities, committed by ISIS, re-state aviation as a perennial prime target for terrorists.

Countermeasures are often brought in as a response to intelligence or a recent method used to attack an airport or aircraft. In mid-2014, overseas passengers were told to power up electronic devices on US-bound flights – based on intelligence that al Qaeda bomb-maker Ibrahim al-Asiri had developed a new type of explosive to blow up aircraft. He had earlier constructed the ‘underpants bomber’ device smuggled on board a US-bound aircraft on Christmas Day 2009 – which led to the enhanced installation of whole body scanners in airports to spot concealed devices. >>>read more>>>


An all-Russian civil defense exercise involving federal and regional executive authorities, local governments and organizations titled ‘Organization of civil defense during large natural and man-caused disasters in the Russian Federation’ was carried out in October 2016. Organized by the Russian Federation Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) that was established in it 1994, involved more than 40 million people in the federation’s major cities, 200,000 emergency rescue specialists and some 50,000 rescue vehicles and equipment.

The main goal of the exercise was to practice the organization of management during emergency civil defense events, to check preparedness of civil defence management bodies and forces at all levels to respond to natural and man-made disasters and to take civil defense measures.>>>read more>>>

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Airports have increasingly become the perfect target for terrorist attacks as events in the last few years have sadly demonstrated. Most technological countermeasures focus on detection devices which are aimed at uncovering explosive devices and concealed weapons, whereas there are currently no effective systems in place to detect CBRN threats in airports around the world.

CBRN threats are more difficult and costlier to identify, meaning that they have often received less attention, notably in the case of chemical and biological threats. However, the dangers of a chemical or biological attack should not be underestimated. Terrorists have been using more diverse means to conduct attacks such as the recent truck attacks in Nice and Berlin. The European Union has warned about the high likelihood of ISIS using CBRN weapons to conduct further attacks on European soil. A chemical or biological terrorist attack would also have an important impact way beyond medical consequences for those affected such as the possibility for further contamination. Such an incident would have important psychological, economic and political implications as well, due to the widespread fear and panic chemical and biological agents produce in populations.>>>read more>>>


This is the 23rd 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.

Homeland Defsec

Topics covered in this issue:

  • The US issued a package of sanctions directed against Syrian officials and entities by itself as Russia blocked a UN Security Council resolution following the findings of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM)
  • Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice presents its National Security Profile 2016, an all hazards overview of potential disasters, threats and crises
  • Dutch National Security Profile 2016 assesses radiological risks as very unlikely
  • As the Kim Jong Un regime reportedly resumed operations at a plutonium reactor in Yongbyon the new US Trump administration tries to define a new North Korea policy
  • The year 2016 was the deadliest in the history of suicide terrorism

The Threat Assessments are based on open sources. End date of collection: January 31, 2017.>>>read more>>>


Issue 42 | February 2017


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