The immediate and long-term impact of a radiation dispersal event (RDE) on the health and wellbeing of a population, as well as the country’s food chain, drinking water, property and national critical infrastructure mark out such an event from other emergencies requiring medical response.

As well as acute physical injury an RDE from a bomb or nuclear facility explosion would also contaminate affected persons externally and internally – due to the spread of radioactive emission through the surrounding area and potentially, beyond – depending on weather conditions, wind direction and level and locations of particle deposition. The use of even an improvised radiological weapon could affect an entire country or region for a long time, economically, medically, and psychologically.

An RDE caused by an exploding device, facility leak or meltdown, or other release is therefore a complex event for rescue/healthcare systems – and radiation protection authorities, police and the joint command chain – to deal with.>>>read more>>>


NCT Asia 2017

According to Max Hill, the UK’s new independent reviewer of terrorism laws, Britain faces a level of terror threat it has not seen since the IRA bombings of the 1970s and this would likely include some form of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incident. However, the nation’s first responders, the police, and the fire and ambulance services are aware of these growing threats and have been reviewing their responses to chemical incidents and updating their current plans and practices.

In the year 2014, there were 448 CBRN incidents reported to Public Health England (PHE). Of these, 216 were ‘white powder’ incidents, 115 chemical releases, 61 were chemical suicides and 38 were identified as drug incidents relating to home drug laboratories. There were also 778 Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) events that included chemical and microbiological incidents and exposure to radiation.>>>read more>>>

Call for papers

These days, first response organizations like fire and police departments can be well-equipped with radiological detection equipment. In addition, the relevant personnel in these departments have received operational training in the measurement of radiation and the basic analysis of radioactivity readings. The level of expertise in the detection of radiation – if not the interpretation of the readings – is now no longer exclusively the purview of specialists working in local health departments. This measurement capability once was exclusive to health physicists. Now the expertise resides in many agencies with an interest or a mandate to respond to a radiological incident. If this knowledge has expanded to agencies other than health departments, can the latter still significantly support radiological incident response?>>>read more>>>

Homeland Defsec

For the last 35 years, Bruker has been developing and producing CBRNe technology, being one of the first companies on the market to provide a full range of CBRNe detection equipment. Headquartered in Leipzig since 2005, Bruker’s detection division has been acknowledged as the global supplier of “Gold Standard” detection systems. A leading authority in the field, Bruker Detection products and instruments are used in more than 75 countries by a variety of government organizations in the field of defense, civil defense and disaster management, as well as civil organizations such as security firms, airports, chemical and petro-chemical industries and blue light services.

Detection equipment manufactured by Bruker in Germany encompasses all aspects of CBRNe threats such as toxic chemicals, biological agents, radioactive materials and improvised explosive devices. Products range from chemical detection technology like the µRAID which detects Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals, to explosives trace detection systems such as the RoadRunner. Such products are aimed at protecting critical infrastructure and are often used to ensure the safety of major public and political events around the world.>>>read more>>>


This is the 24th 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:

  • UN Security Council resolution on sanctions against Assad regime vetoed by Russia and China
  • Steps to develop a global mechanism to counter the threat of pandemics
  • Decommissioning costs of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant doubled again due to complicated situation
  • Clingendael Strategic Monitor 2017 includes thematic study on CBRN weapons
  • Information warfare about the impact of Operation Inherent Resolve

The Threat Assessments are based on open sources. End date of collection: March 1st, 2017.>>>read more>>>


Issue 43 | March 2017


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