USMA Chemistry and Life Science – Reaction Center for Army Chemical Intellectual Capital
Army Chemical Review
The threats and hazards of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) events are as real today as they have ever been. The United Nations has launched several investigations into the accusations of Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant using chemical weapons on civilians. More than 10 incidents from 2014 to 2018 have been investigated; and evidence of the use of chlorine, sarin, and mustard agents has been found.1–5 These threats, in addition to North Korea’s continued testing of nuclear weapons, the aggressive posturing of Russia, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the unpredictability of Iran, make CBRN a vital concern. This is evident in the fact that countering weapons of mass destruction is prioritized in nearly every strategic guidance document identifying threats to the United States.
CBRNE, Chemical weapons, Weapons of mass destruction
Burpo, Fred J; Comitz, Richard L.; and Hummel, Stephen G., "USMA Chemistry and Life Science – Reaction Center for Army Chemical Intellectual Capital" (2018).