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Col. Ram Athavale, phD

Col Athavale is an ‘81 Batch veteran officer and a specialist in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Security and Incident Management. He holds PhD for his Doctoral research in CBRN Counter Terrorism. He has been a Key CBRN Advisor to the Govt of India and the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence initiative. Col Athavale is a prolific writer on CBRN subjects. Presently he functions as a CBRN Security Consultant and a Visiting/Adjunct Faculty at some Indian and overseas universities, academic institutions and military training establishments.

CBRN Security Services

As a CBRN Security and Incident Management specialist, Col. Athavale offers wholesome advice and consulting on the following :-

  • Design and conduct CBRN courses for academic institutions

  • Threat analysis and vulnerability assessment

  • Developing a CBRN Security Plan

  • Equipment procurement and manpower planning for CBRN Security

  • Project Implementation Planning

  • Mitigation Plan Development

  • Training philosophy and curriculum for responders

  • Conducting CBRN training workshops

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CBRN Threats abound in today’s industrialised world. However, CBRN as a subject has been less examined and studied, especially in the civil defence, law enforcement and industrial domain. The urge to enable common citizens and administrators to understand the various nuances of CBRN threats, and basics of mitigation enabled me to bring out this book titled “Toxic Portents” on CBRN Incident Management in India.

Recent activity

Proud to be appointed as "Honorary Professor" at the Amity Institute of Defence Technology (AIDT)

recent Publications
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Jan-Mar 2024

Surveillance & Reconnaissance in Future CBRN Operations

Timely information is necessary for optimal response to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) weapons on a battlefield. For this, CBRN Surveillance and Reconnaissance gathers intelligence about such weapons and the contaminated area by performing critical tasks on the battlefield. Rapid identification is required to take tactical decisions and to protect soldiers against CBRN hazards...

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Mar 2022

SECURING MY CITY: CBRN Security for a Municipal Region

Over the years, towns have grown larger into cities and metropolitan areas. They comprise residential areas, industries, corporate offices, large and small businesses and associated governance and administrative systems. The combination of these creates many toxic scenarios and polluted environments. Especially industries using a variety of chemicals...

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Jan 2022

Feeling Ill

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world. Millions have perished and many more have suffered its effects. Global economies have faced huge setbacks and many businesses have collapsed. The pandemic has also raised the bogey of bioterrorism. Can such a pathogen be used for terror? Are we protecting our bioresearch facilities and pathology labs adequately?

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“Col. (Dr.) Athavale was instrumental in organizing Needs Assessment Workshops and National Action Plan Workshops in different countries... his vast experience & sound expertise in CBRN Risk Mitigation matters has resulted in visibly enhancing technical awareness & capability development in the East Africa Region”

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