In the United States, scientists working at the Sandia National Laboratories, a multimission laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, have been working on micro size hand-held systems that can detect and analyse gases indicative of chemical, biological and biotoxins and other threats including smuggled humans, for almost 20 years.
Their potential seems unlimited. The military has an ongoing requirement to find low concentrations of chemicals, such as those used in improvised explosive devices (IED) or chemical warfare (CW) agents, before they cause casualties. Soldiers often use detectors in less-than-ideal situations, looking for dangerous substances from among a rich miasma of diesel fumes, smoke and dust.

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Imagine an enemy so diminutive, so obscure, that the ramification of failing to apprehend “him” could prove deadly!  This is a real and definable problem that plagues (pun intended) the response community today and will remain a dilemma for the foreseeable future…

“Getting it wrong” when it comes to timely and accurate detection of Biological Warfare Agents (BWA) is, and remains, a critical issue facing the response community on a global scale.  

In March 2005, Interpol stated that “there is no criminal threat with greater potential danger to all countries, regions and people of the world than the threat of bio-terrorism, and there is no crime area where the police generally have as little training as they do as in preventing or responding to bio-terrorist attacks.”  >>>read more>>>

Call for papers

Much has been reported regarding North Korea’s (DPRK) continued pursuit of nuclear weapons capability, and apparently, they have succeeded in developing intercontinental ballistic missle capabilities, as they have been operating a robust nuclear weapons research and development program for decades.

According to experts at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the DPRK is one of the most closed and militarized societies on Earth. Its military and defense infrastructure takes precedence over any societal needs, even when faced with the disastrous consequences of the wholesale neglect of its citizenry.

Despite international sanctions, economic upheaval, and agricultural crises resulting in the starvation of millions, North Korea perseveres in its obsessive pursuit of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. >>>read more>>>


President Trump announced the nomination of Guy Roberts to be the Assistant Secretary, Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, Department of Defense.

IB Consultancy Management and Staff would like to congratulate Guy Roberts on his Nomination and are certain he will serve his country again making this world a safer and more secure place.

Guy Roberts has been chairing NCT events in Asia, Europe, Middle East and the USA and has been an invaluable force in driving discussions in the field of CBRNe and non-proliferation and making NCT events the leading CBRNe events.

Although we will miss Guy as a chairman, we are proud to see him bring his knowledge and experience to the US Department of Defense, continuing our mission to make this world a safer and more secure place. >>>read more>>>.

Issue 48 | August 2017


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