Daesh has laid dozens of IEDs laced with chlorine and mustard, and a growing number of terrorist incidents involve vehicle-borne IEDs (VBIEDs) linked to propane gas cylinders and other improvised chemical and incendiary enhancements. Plots are being interdicted where chemical and radiological materials were a possible factor in a planned attack. These threats have reinforced the need for UGVs with counter-CBRN capabilities.

UGVs, also known as RCVs - remote-controlled vehicles - have allowed bomb techs to stay safely away from a hazard and also provide data about it more quickly than if handled manually, as long as the EOD personnel can rely on the robot to complete the task. UGVs have saved innumerable lives since their introduction in the 1970s, evolving from their civil defence role to military EOD in insurgencies and other forms of asymmetric warfare.

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As bold and aggressive as ever, the rogue nation-state of North Korea (DPRK) has become a regional destabilizing force creating international fears and serious concerns; and possibly bringing smaller nuclear capable nations, as well as major superpowers onto the raw and delicate edges of nuclear brinkmanship and into a potential nuclear fray.

While the DPRK has always stressed military might and superiority and has amassed an impressive inventory of conventional weapons and an expansive army (practically all of its GNP goes into its military program) ;it has become obsessed with the development of unconventional weaponry, including the extensive research, development ,production   and storage of biological, chemical and ,of course ,nuclear weapons  and ballistic  delivery systems.

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The 7th edition of NCT Europe 2017 successfully turned Sonthofen into the beating heart of European CBRN expertise between the 27th and the 29th of June. Within 100 meters of the Bundeswehr CBRN Defense, Safety and Environmental Protection School, Congress Center Haus Oberallgäu hosted international experts, government representatives, Armed Forces officials, first responders and numerous stakeholders and decision-makers in the field of CBRNe. The event provided an amazing platform to discuss capabilities, lessons learned and best practices. Building on the success of the previous edition in Amsterdam, NCT Europe 2017 welcomed delegations from all over Europe and beyond, with high-level representatives from countries such as Ukraine, South Korea, Japan and Syria.

The German, Austrian, Dutch and Czech Armed Forces kick-started the first day of the event with a live multinational demonstration, showcasing their current detection, sampling, identification and decontamination capabilities, as well as UGVs with counter CBRN capabilities. The following two conference and exhibition days featured two simultaneous conference and workshop streams, with the largest outdoor CBRNe exhibition in Europe yet, giving our 40 sponsors and exhibitors the unique opportunity to display large-sized vehicles and equipment. Guy Roberts, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for WMD Policy in NATO, and Col. Wolfgang Karl-Heinz Reich, Head of the Capability Development Division at the Bundeswehr CBRN Defense Command led the workshop and conference streams, offering experienced insights during the different sessions. 

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This is the 28th issue of the new 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:

  • US government threatens with severe consequences if Syrian regime conducts a new chemical attack
  • Andreyeva Bay nuclear waste clean-up operation has begun
  • New North Korean ICBM test likely to trigger new punitive measures raising the risk of war
  • DHS replaces laptop ban by new step-by-step enhanced security measures to raise global security baseline at international airport

The Threat Assessments are based on open sources. End date of collection: July 4, 2017.

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Issue 47 | July 2017


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