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        The Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) hosted an international conference focusing on ,,CBRNE Aspects in DAT.” The event was conducted from 12 -14 October 2010 in Hotel International Brno, Czech Republic. The Conference was organized under the umbrella of the NATO DAT Programme of Work.  

      The meeting was aimed to meet its fundamental objective to share information and experience in possible CBRN assets used by radicals and technological progress in protection against CBRN substances.   

 

       During the opening speech the Chairman of the Conference and the JCBRN Defence COE Director Zdenek CIZEK stressed the facing the CBRN terrorism as a paramount and utmost necessity in the conjunction with the new NATO CBRN Strategy and the NATO Strategic Concept.   

      Ambassador Jacek Bylica, Head of the NATO WMD Non-proliferation Centre, who was the distinguished speaker of the Conference, clearly stated during his key notes that WMD and  their use by terrorist is one of the foremost challenges for next 10-15 years. 

     The international conference was conducted by presentations and productive discussions based on the obtained information. During conference the more than 50 delegates from various international agencies also enjoyed opportunity to see an outdoor presentation of the CZE live agents training, training facilities and products of some Czech companies focusing on development CBRN Defence means and their manufacturing.    

     In conclusion, based on the high level of competence and dedication of the all speakers, it is noticeable that NATO, EU likewise other international organizations and institutions are making huge effort to provide effective countermeasures to the CBRNE terrorist incident, as one the relevant threats today. The conference in Brno provided forum to make steps forward in the DAT and perhaps set up foundations for near future events in the subjected domain.

Author: LTC Jaroslav Borek

Photo: Mrs. Olga Karaffová