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ASA 03-6, Issue No. 99, December 17, 2003


A US Approach to Combating Domestic Terrorism

MAJ Jeffrey D. Allen
Commander
4th WMD-CST

Atlanta, Georgia. Probably one of the more unsettling discoveries in U.S. defense was made official in January 1998 in the Department of Defense (DoD) Plan: Integrating National Guard and Reserve Components Support for Response to Attacks Using Weapons of Mass Destruction. The conclusion of this study was that National Guard/Reserve were not prepared to handle DoD requests in support of the Federal Response Plan in the event of a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident within our own borders. While having the most lethal, efficient, and decisive military power, we were unprepared for the battlefield of choice for the 21st century terrorist, that battlefield being the streets, cities, and waterways of the United States.

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The First Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties of Asia :
Jointly Hosted by Singapore and The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

A move to strengthen inter-states ties and to promote the universal implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

Krystin Kee, Deputy Director
National Authority (CWC)
Republic of Singapore

          The National Authority (Chemical Weapons Convention) of Singapore organised the First Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties of Asia jointly with the OPCW from 29th - 31st October 2003. This effort was initiated to launch a collective platform for National Authorities of States Parties in Asia to discuss possible co-operative measures in implementation issues related to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). This marked the inauguration of a series of annual meetings aimed at sustaining a continuous mechanism to promote inter-states synergies in the region, and to promote the universal implementation of the CWC.

This article from a report released by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) in October 2003, documents a very disturbingly set of circumstances within the Department of Defense (DOD) for which the DOD must bear full responsibility. Can we criticize individuals, corporations and countries for specifically doing what the DOD has done to US national security across this arena? All of us thank GAO's Greg Kutz, Keith Rhodes and John Ryan for their excellent and in-depth analysis of a serious problem. ASA has edited, commented on and added to the below information.

The DOD Sale of Equipment to the Public that could be Used to Make Biological Agents

Col. Richard M. Price, USAF ret.

Washington, DC.Because of continuing concerns about bioterrorism and the potential for future anthrax attacks, GAO was asked to audit controls over public sales of excess DOD biological equipment and chemical and biological protective clothing that could be used to produce and disseminate biological warfare (BW) agents. GAO will issue a report with recommendations that DOD and its scientific community and the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, perform a risk assessment as part of its overall effort to develop and implement appropriate controls over sales of selected excess biological equipment.

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an inside look at ASA 03-6

The Professional Library
2
CBMTS V and Initial Papers
3
Singapore 's DMRI Joins the DSO
5
US GAO reports: A Special Collection
12
CBW Protection Symposium VIII 13
The MMA, Hradec Kralove , Czech Rep. 13
The SISPAT/CBMTS is approved 14
CBMTS V: Sponsors 14
ON THE STREET 15
FOCL POINT NEWS 15
2nd Joint Conference on Point Detection 15
AUTHOR INDEX: 1987 through 2003 16
Acambis 26
Acambis 27
Industry Notes 28
Recent Contracts 29
BioScope 03 32

ASA 04-1, Issue No. 100, 27 Feb 04

  1. For issue # 100: a review of 17 continuous years of the ASA Newsletter. ASA has at times been several years ahead of all other reporting sources.
  2. CBMTS V: Spiez Laboratory 25-30 April 2004. The tenth anniversary and the tenth meeting in this long running series.
  3. SISPAT/CBMTS: A forward look at this fantastic gathering of professionals in Singapore in December 2004
  4. CBW Protection Symposium VIII
  5. Banimed Banija - A CBMTS supporter on the move throughout Southeast Europe

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