“Finis coronat opus”
Coronat Mask 2018: The largest European CBRN Field Exercise
 
Last month, Germany led CORONAT MASK 2018, a training exercise that took place from the 14th to the 27th of September. The extensive multinational exercise brought together 14 allied nations and over 1300 personnel, making it the largest CBRN defense exercise to take place within the EU to date. Due to the increased interest in CBRN defense on a global scale, NATO members have made significant contributions to the development of these annual exercises. CORONAT MASK allowed participating states to train their CBRN capabilities across a wide array of exercises in different CBRN scenarios.

CORONAT MASK is part of the multinational initiative called Framework Nations Concept (FNC), which was introduced to NATO in 2013 by Germany. Within NATO, the FNC is one of the driving forces of multinational defense cooperation. Following the 2008 financial crisis, NATO Member States sought after ways in which forces could be more effective using an already available amount of resources. The FNC structure attempted to bring the topic of defense cooperation among NATO countries to the foreground in order to develop multinational units that are capable of sustaining and preserving military capabilities on a fixed budget. By providing a pragmatic approach to cooperation, states are able to cooperate in a highly agile format while simultaneously retaining their sovereignty. Since its inception, the FNC has been driven, funded and designed by the individual nations. As a result, participating states are able to hold training exercises that coincide with the changing security and defense climate. With these pillars in place, the opportunity to establish the CORONAT MASK exercise became available to NATO member states, in addition to non-member states.
 
 
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Speech at the Coronat Mask display in Bruchsal
 
By: Col. Neumann | 26/09/2018
 
 
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Coronat Mask Closing Speech
 
By: Col. Neumann | 27/09/2018
 
 
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Interview with Lt. Col. Jorge Frias Barrera
 
This month, the editorial team of NCT Magazine interviewed Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Frias Barrera, the 601st CBRN Company Commander for the Armed Forces of Argentina. His interview brought forth knowledge from his years of experiene in the security and defense sector in Argentina. Lt. Col. Barrera's insight into the world of CBRNe gives a unique account of Argentina's CBRN incident management preparedness and how civil-military collaboration can improve responsiveness in an attack.

Lt. Col. Barrera has served in the Army for twenty seven years. He graduated from the Command and General Staff Course of the Staff College and Joint Staff College with degrees in International Relations and Strategy. In addition to his bachelor studies, Lt. Col. Barrera has followed courses at the USA CBRN School, German Engineering school, and the NATO Engineer Company Command. Recently, he was selected to attend a regional exercise in chemical emergency response in the Sominican Republic, which will take place from October 25-19 of this year. Lt. Col. Barrera is also an advisor in the planning for the Olympic Youth Games and the G20 Summit.
 
 
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Industry Profile: GORE® CHEMPACK® Fabrics
 
W.L. Gore
 
 
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Country Profile: Kazakhstan
 
CBRNe defense and response capabilities in a country with nuclear neighbors
 
 
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IBC Threat Assessment
 
This is the 39th 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 threats for several CBRNe categories. The TA’s are based on open sources.

End date of collection: September 30, 2018.
 
 
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Emergent BioSolutions
 
Prepare - Prepare - Protect
 
 
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FLIR Systems
 
The World's Sixth Sense™
 
 
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Case Study: The Boston Marathon Bombing
 
On April 15th, 2013, Boston experienced one of the largest bombing attacks ever to occur on American soil. Three died and over 250 more were injured when two bombs exploded only around a couple of hundred meters apart from the other, sending a ripple effect of chaos into the crowd of 500,000 people. The two bombs were made of pressure cookers filled with pellets and nails., and were placed in backpacks - a delivery method that has become all too common in the United States. New York City also fell victim to bombing attacks using common household items. This incident however, was the first of its kind in Boston. The response that followed was one of trained multiagency collaboration and although the loss of life is always significant, the threat was mitigated in a manner that allowed for the minimal number of casualties to be incurred following such a non-conventional attack.
 
 
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Coming Soon!
 
Monthly equipment evaluations by Hotzone Solutions
 
 
 
NCT South America 2019
 
Copacabana Fort | Rio de Janeiro | 5-7 Feb.
 
 
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NCT USA 2019
 
With Fairfax County Fire Service HazMat Hilton Dulles Hotel Washington DC | 7-9 May
 
 
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Event Calendar
 
Information on CBRNe defense and security events around the world
 
 
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