CBRNE & EOD Defence


  • Bacteria take the strain for undersoil explosives detection

    Researchers in the United States are developing a modular system for detecting buried TNT at source, by blending genetic engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. In the 18-month Bioreporters for Subterranean Surveillance programme, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects

  • US State Department approves sale of counter-IED systems to Australia

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD245 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 850 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) systems, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced

  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces

    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those systems, industry officials say. Recent operational

  • Chile, Ecuador, and Peru continue demining operations

    The armed forces of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are continuing to remove mines and other unexploded ordnance from their borders. A total of 1,092 mines have been destroyed from an area encompassing 26,740 m 2 along Peru’s border with Ecuador, the Peruvian army reported in a 2 October press

  • Ecuador seeks to remove 95% of mines from border with Peru by 2021

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021). During the short-lived 1995 Cenepa

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  • Follow the leader: US Army unmanned ground vehicle programmes

    In the 2001 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress set an objective of increasing the number of remote-controlled and unmanned systems in service with the US Army. The goal was that by 2015 a third of operational ground combat vehicles would be unmanned. However, this goal was not met. Scott Alexander reports
  • US strike fails to stem CW use in Syria

    The United States responded to the use of sarin in Syria with a cruise missile strike on Shayrat Air Base. Geoffrey Chapman and Alessandra Giovanzanti assess the possible impact of future chemical attacks by the Syrian government and likely international responses
  • Chemical warfare threat continues to evolve

    As improvised chemical weapons attacks become increasingly common, greater training and awareness are needed for responders on the ground. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon examines some of the lessons to be learnt from chemical weapons use in Syria and Iraq.
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