The U.S. Department Of State established Chemical Forensics International Technical Working Group

The U.S. Department of State established the Chemical Forensics International Technical Working Group (CFITWG) to address gaps in chemical forensic science and capabilities through an international partnership of experts from science, policy, academic, law enforcement, and export-control organizations. The effort Read More …

UK: Couple who found Second World War mustard gas canisters to be jailed for possessing a chemical weapon

A married couple who dumped Mustard Gas canisters from the Second World War in a lake have been sentenced for possessing a chemical weapon in what is thought to be the first such prosecution in the UK. Military enthusiast Martyn Read More …

How We’ll Stop Chemical Attacks

DARPA has been testing equipment that can detect chemical ingredients in weapons and explosives—before they’re used against us. And it’s almost ready to go. The scene isn’t all that hard to imagine. It’s Memorial Day. The Indianapolis 500, the world’s Read More …

Unsealed search warrant shows FBI was worried about IEDs, chemical warfare agents at west Lawton apartment

An FBI search warrant, which was unsealed earlier this month, has provided new information into an investigation of a west Lawton apartment in late January, including the discovery of a potentially deadly chemical warfare agent. The FBI filed the search Read More …

OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Report on Chemical Weapons Use Allegation in Douma, Syria, in 2018

THE HAGUE, Netherlands —1 March 2019—The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), issued today the final report on the FFM’s investigation regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma, Read More …

Iraqi scientist says he helped ISIS make chemical weapons

In the weeks after his city fell to the Islamic State, Iraqi scientist Suleiman al-Afari sat in his deserted government office and waited for the day when the terrorists would show up. The black-clad militants who had seized Mosul in Read More …

Don’t Blow It! Safely eliminating chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield

Defence and Security Accelerator – DASA is launching a new competition seeking low technology readiness level proposals for innovative technologies in accessing, disabling and destroying chemical and biological munitions and improvised explosive devices on the battlefield. This competition has an Read More …

Following Air Strikes against Suspected Chemical Weapons Sites in Syria, Security Council Rejects Proposal to Condemn Aggression

On the heels of air strikes meant to hamper Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons, the Security Council today rejected a proposal by the Russian Federation to condemn such aggression by the United States and its allies over suspected chemical Read More …