For the Professional in Government, Industry and Academia with an interest in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense, Disarmament and Verification; Chemical and Biological Terrorism; Emergency and Disaster Medical Planning; Industrial Health and Safety; and Environmental Protection.

ASA 06-3, Issue No. 114, June 28, 2006

Dr. Jan Medema, recently ‘retired’ from the TNO, continues working worldwide on many projects. One area that remains high on his agenda is documenting the success, failure and foibles that beset all of us across the NBC arena. Intel and the Media do stand out.

Military or Media, Intelligence, Science (MIS)

Jan Medema, BSee DSee
Benthuizen, The Netherlands

1. Purpose: Demonstrate that in the past 100 years:
a. the military assessment on the use of chemical and biological weapons; and,
b. the intelligence regarding an opponents capabilities; and,
c. the scientific aspects of chemical and biological weapons
have often let to a wrong assessment of the threat of Biological and Chemical weapons. In fact misunderstandings and misinterpretations occurred so frequently in history that extreme caution should be taken when presenting new intelligence data or using the data for justifying any action to counter the supposed threat. In addition the media find it most attractive to publish stories that predict disaster rather than providing objective information.

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The Sixth Chemical and Biological Medical Treatment Symposium

30 April – 05 May 2006
Spiez, Switzerland

The Summary:
The 13th meeting in the Chemical and Biological Medical Treatment Symposia (CBMTS) series, and the sixth international meeting to be held at the birthplace of the series, the SPIEZ LABORATORY, was another very, very successful gathering of the CBMTS professionals. Outstanding presentations from the podium and poster, an international mix of the very best professionals in science and medicine, produced a symposium with dynamic and far reaching results, a trademark of the CBMTS series. 

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John Hart is an ASA Correspondent for Science and Technology and a CBW researcher with the SIPRI in Solna, Sweden. 

Russia’s Presidency of the 2006 G8 Summit
• Setting the Agenda •

by John Hart, SIPRI*

          On 20-22 April Russia’s Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) organized and hosted in Moscow the conference: “G8 Global Security Agenda: Challenges & Interests. Towards the St.-Petersburg Summit.” Its purpose was to provide a forum for government officials, academics, international organizations, and other interested parties to debate the next G8 summit’s agenda (the G8 will next meet in St. Petersburg on 15-17 July). The conference, which was “on the record” and was attended by members of the press, also provided an opportunity for various officials to exchange views at the margins, including, for example, with respect to concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear activities. Approximately 220 participants from some 27 countries and 6 international organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), attended. Participants included Deputy Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council N. N. Spassky, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei I. Kisliak, Germany’s Deputy Commissioner for Arms Control and Disarmament Rüdiger Lüdeking, and Ambassador Ali Ashgar Soltanieh -- Iran’s permanent representative to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna, including to the IAEA.

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an inside look at ASA 06-3

The Professional Library
CBMTS-Industry V
The Int’l China BioPharm Sym. (ICBPS)


CBMTS VI in pictures


Bio risks with gene engineering
Industry Notes
Recent Contracts

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