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SPECIAL REPORT: CBRN SOLUTIONS TESTING FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS

Foreword C

HEMICAL AND biological weapons are

The business of decontaminating and destroying

in use in the 21st century, despite the

chemical weapons used on civilians and soldiers is a

prohibitions of the 1925 Geneva Protocols, which

hazardous and dangerous process. The third piece

appear to have had a restraining effect on their

looks at how the intensity of conflict on the ground,

use in the 20th century. This Special Report

bureaucratic obstruction, and political obfuscation can

looks at the global market for products seeking

all make the business of identifying the chemical agent

to counter the devastating effect of chemical,

in use, decontaminating it and then potentially moving

biological and nuclear weapons. The Report

it for destruction, even more difficult.

reviews the challenging nature of the identification,

The final article looks to the future. The incidence

decontamination and destruction of chemical and

of the use of chemical and biological weapons is

biological weapons.

no longer a low risk event. On-going civil wars and

The opening article focuses on the capability and

instability in the Middle East currently create the danger

user experience of the Multipurpose Large-Scale

of state leaders or non-state actors having access

Testing Facility designed and constructed by the Czech

to and using chemical and biological weapons.

National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological

So the immediate demand for non-governmental

Protection. It goes on to describe the different types

organisations, research institutes and commercial

of experiments that the institute is capable of carrying

businesses devoted to the process of reducing the

out, and the various parameters that are measured,

risk for civilian and military populations, has never

recorded and verified.

been more important.

The second article examines the way humanitarian law has attempted to restrain and prohibit the use of chemical and biological weapons, with limited success.

Mary Dub Editor

Mary Dub is the editor of this Special Report. She has covered the defence field in the United States and the UK as a television broadcaster, journalist and conference manager.

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