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ASA 03-2, Issue No. 95, April 18, 2003


The Efficacy of the Decontaminant Foam Developed by SANDIA National Laboratories of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Questioned. PART II

           In Part I, ASA Newsletter 03-1 of 28 February, ASA expressed strong reservations on the efficacy of SANDIA's claims for the decontaminant foam it had developed. We were able to show that SANDIA's claims were misleading at best. In fact the foam could be considered dangerous to the user, if the user were to employ SANDIA's foam for decontamination, such as with a real life - now chem/bio decontamination requirement. (cont. page 27 - SANDIA)

The following is a report by Prof. Geissler on his new book which takes a look at the BTW arms race and the influence of the 'secret services' on all sides. We hope to have a book review by the next ASA issue in June 2003.

Anthrax and the Inadequacy of the Secret Services
Professor Erhard Geissler Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin, Berlin

           My central thesis is: The biological arms race was inadvertently started by the German military intelligence in WWI. In my new book I describe how the biological and toxin weapons (BTW) arms race in the Twentieth Century was mainly irrational and strongly determined by the inadequacy of the secret services in many countries. Germany's military intelligence was the first to use anthrax and glanders bacteria as weapons in World War I (WW I). These biosabotage actions were not very successful. However, they had severe and completely different, sustaining consequences.

Full Article

ASA continues to cover the world in the content of the ASA Newsletter.
Within this issue you will find complete articles from 10 countries plus you will find mention of NBC events in over 15 other countries.

  1. US and a US National Laboratory
  2. Germany and Prof. Geissler's look at German BW and the BW mentality in general
  3. Iran and very timely medical reports on CW casualties
  4. Singapore and a very respected international laboratory
  5. Croatia and the 9th meeting of the CBMTS "The Second World Congress on C/B/R Terrorism"
  6. Finland and their 5th NBC Symposium
  7. Switzerland and new leadership for SPIEZ Laboratory
  8. Czech Republic looks at a new Czech prophylactic antidote against nerve agent
  9. Canada looks at protecting the First Responder
  10. Poland held a very interesting NATO ARW on BT Prep.
  11. Germany and a new generation decon solution

an inside look at ASA 03-2 page

Singapore's Centre for Chemical Defence 3
SISPAT III Revisited 5
Second World Congress C/B/R Terrorism 6
National Medical Stockpile Workshop 10
NBC Threats: Crisis Management Challenge 11
Anthrax and the Inadequacy of the Secret Services 12
Spiez Laboratory: Change in Leadership 13
CBMTS Industry III Sponsors 14
On The Street 15
Capillary Electrophoresis & Huperzine A 16
Protecting the First Responder Against CB 19
NATO ARW Warsaw Part II Conclusion 20
Acid digestion of recovered CW material 23
New Generation Decon Solution 24
Industry Notes:
28
Recent Contracts
29
BioScope '03
32

 

 
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