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 07-1, Issue No. 118, February 23, 2007

Ed.Note: HSPD-18 has been included in its entirety. For a government document, it is exceptionally well written, comprehensive and directed. The HSPD-18 covers the area the CBMTS has used as its primary focus for the past 13+ years. From the threat, including much of the terminology used, to pre-, trans- and post- event medical, there is a direct correlation between the CBMTS and HSPD-18. We invite all who might contribute to the CBMTS baseline of information to join us in Dubrovnik for CBMTS Industry V "The fourth World Congress on CBR Terrorism". See page 3.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-18

Dated: January 31, 2007

Medical Countermeasures against
Weapons of Mass Destruction


          Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) -- chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents (CBRN) -- in the possession of hostile states or terrorists represent one of the greatest security challenges facing the United States. An attack utilizing WMD potentially could cause mass casualties, compromise critical infrastructure, adversely affect our economy, and inflict social and psychological damage that could negatively affect the American way of life.

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A Successful Outcome to the Sixth BTWC Review Conference

by Graham S. Pearson

          The Sixth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) took place in Geneva from 20 November to 8 December 2006. Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan was elected President and successfully oversaw and led the Review Conference to a successful outcome in the Final Document adopted on 8 December.

           107 States Parties and 10 Signatory States participated in the Review Conference - significantly more than the 91 States Parties and 6 Signatory States at the Fifth Review Conference in 2001 - which had to be suspended for a year and was unable to agree a Final Declaration. The 2006 Review Conference opened with a statement delivered by Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General, in person. In this he set the scene for the Conference by saying "Now it is time to take further steps to ensure that the Convention will continue to serve as an effective barrier against biological weapons." as well as putting the BTWC into the wider context "we can no longer view the Convention in isolation, as simply a treaty prohibiting States from obtaining biological weapons. Rather, we must look at it as part of an interlinked array of tools, designed to deal with an interlinked array of problems. Certainly, we need to deal with disarmament and non-proliferation in the traditional sense. But we must also address terrorism and crime at the non-state and individual levels, with responses encompassing public health, disaster relief and efforts to ensure that the peaceful uses of biological science and technology can safely reach their potential."

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The Myth of Dusty Agent

by Jan Medema

          From time to time a special form of CW agents, liquids adsorbed onto fine dust or liquids absorbed into fine dust, are mentioned as particularly hazardous. Some, mostly self pro-claimed experts, let the general public believe that exposure to agents in this form result in more severe effects than the undiluted liquid agents. An example of such publications is the October 2002 report from Eric Croddy, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, entitled "Dusty Agent and the Iraqi Chemical Weapon Arsenal." The report, available at, comes with an impressive 30 references. However, except for the first one or two news items in Journals and the New York Times, none of these references has anything to do with "Dusty Agents". Neither do the colorful pictures that accompany the article.

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an inside look at ASA 07-1

The Professional Library
CBMTS-Industry V "Fourth World Congress"
ASA/CBMTS members - on the move


16th Int'l Conf. on Ion Mobility Spectrometry


IPPNW's SLMK visits Iran's SCWVS
9th CBW Protection Program
A Good Bye to Dr. John Gee
New Auto-Injector: Improved Pharm. Concept
Industry Notes:
Recent Contracts



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