Managing National Borders is a complex mechanism.  Various agencies from Armed Forces, Police, Coast Guard, Paramilitary forces and Customs are engaged in securing the borders.  Optimal management of movement of personnel and goods across borders within agreed upon protocols and treaties is necessary to maintain sovereign integrity, safety and security.

CBRN material can be and is being transported across land, air and sea frontiers on daily basis.  There is a need to institute specific measures to ensure only permitted and valid goods are entering your borders.  In addition, there is a need to ensure prevention of unwanted entry and respond effectively to incidents of CBRN nature.

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Those of us that served in the United Kingdom armed forces in the seventies and eighties will remember the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) threat lecture.

The video used in that lecture portrayed hundreds of well trained and well equipped Russian infantry soldiers advancing at the double through a smoke screen that was simulating a gas cloud.  They appeared to all intents and purposes like extras on a Star Wars film set.

In those Cold War lessons, we learnt that our Soviet adversaries regarded chemical weapons in the same way as they regarded conventional munitions, and were prepared to use them in any future conflict.

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Since ‘R’ for ‘radiological’ was added to the unholy trinity of nuclear-biological-chemical weapons to create the acronym CBRN, smuggling of radioisotopes has been consistently placed high on the list of terrorist threats. The possibility that a well-funded group could acquire the materials to fashion a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or otherwise cause a radioactive dispersal event (RDE) has featured in many reports from government departments, institutes and expert bodies.

While radioisotopes in civilian use could be purloined or acquired through criminal gangs, the fabrication and emplacement of a RDD has long been deemed too risky to complete even for a suicide bombing mission. Therefore, there are few examples of RDDs.

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This is the 33rd 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.

Topics covered in this issue:

  • On request of Russia the OPCW held an emergency meeting to discuss the Skripal-poisoning case
  • New call for the reduction of the consumption of antibiotics in order to prevent massive pandemic event
  • At the 7th anniversary of Fukushima disaster the decommissioning and clean-up efforts still look very bleak
  • Israel releases intelligence related to the destruction of an alleged nuclear reactor in Syria on September 6, 2007, as a clear warning to Iran.
  • Iran is most likely a supplier of components for RCIEDs concealed as rocks used by the Houthis in Yemen

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

NCT Info Series #3: Tokyo, Japan – NCT Asia Pacific 2018

NCT Asia Pacific is coming to Japan for its third edition! Taking place in the Marriott Hotel in Tokyo from May 28-30, 2018, NCT Asia Pacific is organized in partnership with the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Institute for Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiological Defense. The event will kick-start with a live capability demonstration at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Medical School on the 28th of May. The demonstration is followed by a two-day conference, workshops and a large indoor exhibition which will bring together national and international civil and military CBRNe stakeholders from across the world.

The conference will be chaired by Dr. Makoto Akashi, Executive Officer of the QST. In the opening plenary, he will be joined by an international panel of high level decision makers consisting of: Major General Shunji Yoshino, Commander of the JGSDF, Brigadier General Yoo Bong Heo, Commander of the Republic of Korea CBRN Defense Command and Dr. Ronald Hann, Director of Chemical and Biological Technologies Department at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The participation of the JGSDF will provide an in depth understanding of their current CBRN capabilities and future development ambitions whilst this diverse panel will address current CBRNe challenges that are shared amongst allies in the region.

Session topics include:

  • Protecting High Visibility Events from CBRNe Threats
  • Medical response to CBRNe Terrorism
  • Response to CBRNe Disasters During High-Visibility Events
  • The Threat of Radiological Terrorism
  • C-IED
  • The Threat of IEDs in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Responding to Radiological Terrorism
  • Medical Countermeasures for CBRNe Emergencies

and more...

Issue 56 | April 2018


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