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ASA 04-1, Issue No. 100, February 20, 2004

ASA visited the CBRN professionals of the Defence Policy and Planning and Political Affairs Divisions of NATO’s WMD Centre - the heart of NATO CBRN readiness. This is the first report in a NATO series in which we plan to cover the important issues in NATO CBRN readiness.

The WMD Initiative and The Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre


In preparation for the Washington Summit (23-25 April 1999), NATO launched a new initiative designed to develop political and military capabilities that would allow the Alliance to address more effectively the challenges posed by the proliferation of NBC weapons and their means of delivery.
          The WMD Initiative should be viewed in the context of the Alliance’s approach to proliferation issues, which aims to focus appropriate attention on WMD risks, and to co-ordinate the activities of the various NATO bodies involved in proliferation matters. Under the Initiative, the following tasks were mandated:

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NATO’s Response to Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction:
A Historical Overview


          The Alliance has long recognised the risks to Alliance security posed by the proliferation of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) weapons also known as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery. NATO’s present day position on proliferation began to take shape in 1991. The Rome Summit in 1991 identified for the first time the proliferation of WMD and ballistic missiles as a problem requiring special consideration. In January 1994, at their Summit meeting in Brussels, NATO Heads of State and Government formally acknowledged that the proliferation of WMD and their means of delivery was a threat to international security and a matter of concern to the Alliance. They announced their decision to intensify and expand NATO’s political and defence efforts against the proliferation of WMD and their means of delivery. Furthermore, the Summit directed NATO to develop a policy framework to consider how to reinforce ongoing efforts and how to reduce the proliferation threat and protect against it.

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The what, where, when, why, who of Iraq WMD

The Other Side of the Question: A Side Not Answered

          Based on information available to the UN inspection teams in the early 90's after the ’91 Gulf War, comprehensive inventories of Iraq’s known weapons caches, as well as known weapons materials, were developed. These inventories were then thoroughly cross-checked with known imports of materials and what these materials would produce. Subtracted from these inventory totals were the CW weapon and agent totals of the UN destruction programs, as well as the totals involved in Iraq’s infamous use of CW against the Iranians and the Kurds. The remainder constitute a fairly accurate listing of weapons and materials not accounted for, and that is the listing with which ASA is deeply concerned. And we are talking about the weapons and materials that should have been accounted for, whether or not any production programs were reconstituted since the end of that first war. It is a given that 2 + 2 = 4 and it does not equal either 3.95 or 4.05.


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an inside look at ASA 04-1

The Professional Library
CBMTS V , Spiez Laboratory, An Update
Symposium: VECTOR and Disease Research
NATO CBRN Battalion 10
South American Project 11
A tale for children and the BTWC 12
Chiba College and Crisis Management 12
the 8th Symposium Protection Against CBWA 14
Soviet CW Mission to Italy: 1934 16
Considerations on Control of CB Weapons 17
3rd Symposium NBC Decon - Munster 21
GAO Reports 21
Battelle Science and Technology 23
Acid Destruction Process - Demil 25
Recent Contracts 29
BioScope 04 32

ASA 04-2, Issue No. 101, 16 Apr 04

  1. Development and Availability of BW Vaccines; Dr. David Robinson
  2. Notes on important meetings
         a. CBMTS V, 25-30 April 2004, Spiez Laboratory, Spiez, Switzerland: The Program
         b. Eighth Symposium on Protection against CB Warfare Agents; Gothenburg, Sweden, 2-6 June 2004
         c. SISPAT IV/CBMTS, 4-10 December 2004, Singapore
         d. IPTS-2004, 13-15 September, Istanbul, Turkey, organized by Hacettepe University Faculty of Pharmacy, Ankara Turkey.
         e. A special VECTOR Anniversary symposium, Sept. 2004, Novosibirsk, Russia. Full details in 04-2.

Note: Time constraints may delay articles


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