Large public events, with large crowds and significant politico-social importance, are highly vulnerable to CBRN terrorism. A terrorist attack involving the use of CBRN materials could cause large numbers of casualties and would represent a major incident for the emergency services. Administration and response forces could get overwhelmed unless proper planning and preparations are made.

Large public events like International and National level sporting events, socio-cultural extravaganzas, public/political rallies and religious events, where people gather in huge numbers, are high priority targets for CBRN threats. Such events are characterized by the following peculiarities:

  • Multiple locations – dispersal of assets
  • Each venue may have multiple entry and exits
  • Some venues may be open air or in buildings
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    India, world’s largest democracy is a pluralistic nation of 1.3 billion people with diverse religions, cultures, languages and sports. It is a vibrant democracy with intense political activities. It’s urban and even rural areas are densely populated. A large number of cultural, religious, political and sporting events occur frequently throughout the year. The congregations at these events vary anywhere between a hundred thousand to a few million people.

    Since its independence in 1947, India is beset with a host of internal security challenges spread all most all over the vast nation in the form of militancy in the States of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, lingering insurgencies in the Northeast, Maoists violence in the so called ‘Red Corridor, and a number of home grown and foreign aided terrorist organisations. These hostile elements obtain information through the internet and other sources on making and using of crude Chemical, Biological and Radiological weapons to cause large scale human casualties. >>>read more>>>

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    On February 13,2017, the estranged half-brother of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Nam, was assassinated by two female operatives- one Vietnamese and the other Indonesian using the highly toxic synthetic neurotoxin (nerve agent) VX in a public and international venue –the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Apparently, the DPRK had never used chemical weapons (CW) for assassinations until the U.S. abandoned the Red Line on CW use in Syria.Why would North Korea choose to use VX for a political-type of assassination? One can only surmise that it may have been due to the fact that VX is highly lethal in very small quantities and that perhaps, in the broader context, North Korea wanted to demonstrate that it has the capability of producing, storing and deploying a much feared chemical warfare agent that had the capacity to decimate combatants and non-combatants alike.>>>read more>>>

    Homeland Defsec

    Organized in official partnership with DSO National Laboratories from Singapore, NCT Asia & SISPAT 2017 hosted three separate conferences: NCT CBRNe Asia, NCT eXplosive Asia and the 8th edition of SISPAT, sharing an exhibition area with 43 sponsors and exhibitors. The event took place from the 21st to the 23rd of March 2017 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore. It brought together government officials from all over the world including experts, first responders, scientists and decision-makers in the field of CBRNe, EOD/C-IED and demining. Delegations from Singapore, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, Australia, the United States and many more attended the event which welcomed over 600 participants.

    The three-day event was highlighted by a live streamed opening plenary with speeches from H.E. Mr. Ahmet Üzümcu, Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Mr. Quek Gim Pew, Chief Defence Scientist of the Ministry of Defence of Singapore, Mr. Douglas Bryce, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). The live stream of the opening plenary can be viewed on the IB Consultancy Facebook page, as well as the pictures of the event.>>>read more>>>


    This is the 25th 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:

    • New reports about alleged use of chemical weapons in the city of Mosul in Iraq
    • Epidemiologists raise the alarm about health budget cuts by new US government
    • Doomsday Clock set at two and a half minutes to midnight
    • Upcoming US-China summit early April key for the de-escalation of the North Korean nuclear crisis
    • Newly gathered intelligence triggers laptop ban for US & UK bound flights from airports in the Middle East and North Africa

    The Threat Assessments are based on open sources. End date of collection: March 29, 2017.>>>read more>>>

    Issue 44 | April 2017


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