• Hygie-Tech, a computational fluid dynamics company, announced that they had created some new software, HG_Flow GMESH for use with their scanners which allows the vast amount of data created in a 3D laser scan to be used on a desktop computer. Admittedly some of you might be thinking ‘So what?!’ but when you realise that this allows you to do high definition wind flow scans of your facility, down to the millimetre, so that you can map any agent cloud released and accurately plan your escape routes and other contingency plans then it might make more sense.

    Their GMesh is not designed to be used by a mathematician and has been aimed at the CBRN and hazmat community.

  • ECBC produced in 2007 one of the more comprehensive survey’s of bio-detectors in the market, despite being three years old it is still a tool of reference (even though much of the information, especially contact details, is out of date) and they are now going to update it. There is some consternation in the office about what they are trying to do, with the Editor pointing out that the survey is called the Biodetector Market Survey, and M. Johnson pointing out that it has a request for information on all CBRN detectors – meaning chem and rad too. Either way it is a beast of a form and those of you that think you should be included can make your mind up at - http://www.biodetectorsmarketsurvey.com/

  • Avon Rubber, parent company of Avon Protection and Defence, announced that they had won ‘International Company Turnaround’ for 2010. The Award was organised by the Institute for Turnaround and saw them beat off strong international competition from the likes of General Motors. Avon Rubbers CEO, Peter Slabbert, even named the Protection division as one of the reasons they won. Beers all round.

  • Pall Corporation announced that their regenerable filters had been chosen for the UK Army’s next generation enginerring vehicle, the Terrier. Pall were chosen by BAE Systems, the prime contractor and systems integrator, and will utilise the Ametek division to fulfil the work. The system uses pressure swing adsorption and as such is free from some of the maintenance and cost issues that traditional carbon solutions provide.

  • Nabco announced that the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police had purchased three of their TCVs and other assorted equipment to ‘help counter and respond to chemical, biological and explosive threats.’ The 64-GT SCS TCVs ordered allow maximum stand off distances for the public when dealing with a CB IED, and allows a sample to be taken from the device, and also included the treatment system that removes all dangerous substances from the TCV after use. They also purchased four SV-80 Total Explosive Containment Magazines, which will store up to 80 lbs of TNT as well as other explosive tools that their EOD operatives might need.

  • The group believed to be behind the printer cartridges bombs that turned up in two locations has released details of their construction in the online Al Qaeda magazine Inspire (I wonder who advertises in that?). The Yemeni magazine admitted that the devices were an attempt to launch smaller attacks that would bleed the enemy to death and that the two devices had only cost £2,600 to make. Yemen is clearly building itself up to try and take the Terrorist #1 Hotspot!

  • Morpho announced their fourth TSA order for their Next-Gen Itemiser DC Explosive Trace Detection System. This was the fourth delivery order under an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity order that they originally won for 1,200 Itemiser DX. The new award, worth $32 million, follows the single largest order that Morpho had won, last summer, and will bring the number of units in service to 2,800.

  • The Joint Enabling Domains, that Dave Lavers spoke about in the Autumn 2009 edition of the magazine, has ceased to exist. This was an attempt by Australian Forces to try and link elements of defence together (such as biometrics), a way of thinking holistically about the problem.

    At times this holistic thought reached the levels of CBRN philosophy and there perhaps lay the crux of the problem. Military philosophy is fine when you are Tzu, Clausewitz or even Norman Dixon, where the philosophy approaches the centre mass – winning battles and building leaders - rather than on the fringes, and some might even suggest the ephemera, of the battlespace. Military leaders and philosophers tend to have different timescales – “Think faster!” – and so it happened with the ADF, inertia gave way to friction and finally action – and the JED is no more.

    This is not to suggest in any way that CBRN will lose any importance, rather that it will be handled in a more conventional way – for better or worse. We wish the new team well and all success.

  • The UK Government announced that it had launched a Green Paper to mark a formal consultation on Equipment, Support and Technology for UK Defence and Security - www.defenceconsultations.org.uk/ The Paper links national security, working with other countries, export and cyber security together. The Consultation will begin in 2011 and will last for three months and will eventually set out the policy for defence and security for the next five years. Big print – NOT ENOUGH CBRN!

  • Smiths Detection announced a contract to sell 550 LCD 3.3s to the Bundeswehr, a follow on order from their 2007 contract for 600 units, which also includes components for testing and other accessories.

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