Tag: chemical

Featured article: Defining “Surety” Within the Interagency by Punna Khanna Hayes The fundamental differences between nuclear weapons, chemical agents, and biological select agents and toxins (BSAT) and the different ways in which interagency personnel interact with these materials necessitate different variations in protocols for their handling. These differences and handling protocols give rise to differing […]

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Featured article: The Interagency’s “WMD” Terminology Problem by Alexi Franklin The terms “weapons of mass destruction (WMD),” “chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN),” and “chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE)” are found throughout the interagency, and they are treated essentially as synonyms. In important ways, however, these terms highlight differences with both conceptual and […]

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Featured article: Reassessing the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Enterprise  by Gary D. Mills We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. —Dwight D. Eisenhower During the last nine months, citizens throughout the world have observed momentous events that have added to a tumultuous global environment. Internationally, the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, […]

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Featured article: Cape Ray Diplomacy: How a U.S. Merchant Vessel Took Center Stage in Foreign Relations by Chi K. Cheung In August 2013, chemical weapons attacks against civilians in Syria resulted in more than 1,400 deaths, including 426 children. As a result of international pressure, the Assad regime agreed to accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention […]

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Earlier this month, the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University published the latest edition of Proceedings. The latest edition examines four pressing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) challenges for the next U.S. administration. These WMD challenges are: The growing prospect of a direct clash between the U.S. and […]

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National Security After 15 years of war, America’s military has about had it with ‘nation building’, Military Times 9 States Accept DHS’ Election Security Support, Nextgov The Final Front in the Afghan War, Foreign Policy Islamic State fired crude chemical weapons on US troops – Pentagon, The Guardian Can the F.B.I. Do More to Investigate […]

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report assessing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) progress incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response enterprise. DoD is expected to play a prominent role in supporting civil authorities in a CBRN incident, and the Homeland Response Force is intended to bridge […]

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Last week the State Department submitted the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress. The two-volume report offers a comprehensive assessment of the efforts of foreign governments to reduce illicit narcotics production, trafficking and use, in keeping with their international obligations under UN treaties, while also presenting information on governments’ efforts to counter money […]

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