What is the Defence Threat Reduction Agency?

Introduction The Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is a combat support agency within the United States Department of Defence (DoD) for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives). According to the agency’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018 to 2022, the DTRA mission: “enables DoD and the U.S. Government… Read More

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What is the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare?

Introduction The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is an annual event held 30 November as a “tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting… Read More

What is the Psychophysiological Response to the use of Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Equipment with Military Tasks?

Research Paper Title Psychophysiological response to the use of nuclear, biological and chemical equipment with military tasks. Background The current military training requires the development and optimization of different strategies to improve performance in extreme conditions as well as the possible risk of suffering attacks with chemical and/ or radioactive substances. It turns out mandatory… Read More

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

Background The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is an annual event held 30 November each year as a “tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons,… Read More

Learning period…

“They’ll be no learning period with nuclear weapons. Make one mistake an you’re going to destroy nations.” Robert McNamara (1916 to 2009) Robert Strange McNamara was the US Secretary of Defence from 1961 to 1968 who revamped Pentagon operations and who played a major role in the nation’s military involvement in the Vietnam War.

Forensic Investigation of Incidents Involving a Chemical Agent

Research Paper Title Forensic investigation of incidents involving chemical threat agent: Presentation of the operating procedure developed in Belgium for a field-exercise. Background The GIFT CBRN project (Generic Integrated Forensic Toolbox for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents), funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission, has been set up to find solutions… Read More

Nuclear: 200,000 Bombs & 30 Countries…

“But then I would remember what Weinmann-Smith told me: there is at least enough nuclear material in the world to make 200,000 bombs, and the International Atomic Energy Agency speculates that 30 countries have the capability to do so.” (Whyte, 2018, p.13). Reference Whyte, C. (2018) Huntig Potential Nuclear Bombs. New Scientist. 04 August 2018,… Read More