Category: CBRN


Dramatic Increase of Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal a staggering threefold increase in reported cases of vector-borne diseases between 2004 and 2016 in the United States. Making matters worse, [Read more]...


First Human Trial of Live, Attenuated Zika Vaccine Begins

Vaccinations have begun in a first-in-human trial of an experimental Zika virus vaccine, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced today. The experimental vaccine, known as rZIKV/D4Δ30-713, was developed [Read more]...


NATO’s Emergency Response

Known primarily as a military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is also heavily involved in civil disaster response through its Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) which is NATO’s principal civil emergency...


USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August....


CBRN(E): With or Without the (E)xplosive

Debates around whether CBRN teams are also responsible for devices containing explosives have gone on for years, hence some groups being CBRN while others are CBRNE. Certain groups will even refer to it as...


Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. Designated Sa’ar 6 in...


Good Vibrations

A massive bag of sex toys brought Berlin’s Schönefeld airport to a stand still on August 10, 2018. Security personnel were alerted to the piece of luggage when a routine x-ray flagged the items...


NCT Europe 2018: Joining forces in the CBRNe field

Last month the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands’ National Training Center (NTC) was home to the 35th edition of the NCT event series, NCT Europe 2018. The three-day event took place in Vught,...


FNSS readies prototype Pars 4×4 ATV for delivery

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has confirmed that it will hand over the Pars 4×4 anti-tank vehicle (ATV) prototype to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) for qualification once company trials have been completed. FNSS was...


Iran unveils new tactical ballistic missile variant

Iran revealed that it has developed a new version of its Fateh-110 family of solid-propellent tactical ballistic missiles on 13 August, but released few details about its capabilities. The new Fateh Mobin missile that...


Threat Analysis

This is the 36th 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...


Danish SM-2 missile buy edges closer

Denmark is moving closer to completing a long-planned buy of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missiles to equip its three Iver Huitfeldt-class anti-air warfare (AAW) frigates. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised...


Portuguese Army boosts ATGM capability

The Portuguese Army is boosting its mobile anti-tank capability with five 8×8 General Dynamics European Land Systems Pandur II armoured anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carriers. The army’s vehicle-based ATGM capability previously comprised MILAN and...


Bolivian armed forces create NBC defence echelon

The Commander of the Armed Forces of Bolivia, Admiral Yamil Borda Sosa, announced on 8 August the creation of a new nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) Assistance and Protection Department under the jurisdiction of...

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