Col. (Dr.)
Ram Athavale (Retd)
CBRN Security Services

Col. Ram Athavale, PhD, is a CBRN Security and Incident Management Consultant based in Pune, India.

Dr. Athavale provides advisory and consultancy services in the areas of CBRN Security, Risk Mitigation and Incident Management to stakeholders in the Government and the Private sector.

Dr. Athavale has worked extensively with the European Union's CBRN Risk Mitigation Center of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) and the Indian Government, leading initiatives and advising them on strategic issues on CBRN security and risk management.

Professor Athavale is a Visiting Faculty at some Indian and overseas universities, academic institutions and military training establishments on CBRN subjects and Disaster Management. Notable is the Masters in CBRNe Protection course at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. A prolific writer in CBRN journals and magazines, he has been a preferred CBRN subject speaker at many international seminars and conferences. He has also authored a pioneering book on ‘CBRN Incident Management in India’, titled “Toxic Portents”. Presently based at Pune, India, he functions as a CBRN Security, Risk Mitigation and Incident Management Consultant for companies engaged in manufacture of CBRN equipment.

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

  • 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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Proud to be the Lead Faculty for the first ever Post Graduate diploma course in 'CBRN & National Security' in India being conducted by the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies SPPU (Univ of Pune), Pune, India. A great beginning indeed. 

Hope to see more such courses at other Indian universities.


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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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Feb 2021

Gas Everywhere!

It was 2:45 am on 7 May 2020 in the Indian city of Vishakhapatnam (Vizag for short). Amid the sleeping residential areas was a factory, largely shut due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The scaled down night shift staff were there for security and to monitor basic safety issues. No one dreamt that just a few minutes later all hell would break loose


Jan 2021

Fighting the last war

Col Ram Athavale emphasises the vital role of CBRN intelligence in preventing CBRN incidents, disasters. The Covid-19 crisis began in Wuhan, China in November 2019. On 31 December, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that a mysterious pneumonia was sickening and killing dozens in China. It was only on 30 January that the WHO declared the disease a “public health emergency of international...


Jan 2021

Cyber Threats to CBRN Security

Globalisation, technological advancements and enhanced trade and industry has made our life much easier. While these changes and developments have brought in growth, they have their pitfalls too. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats are on the rise and the world is becoming a toxic place. CBRN security therefore is of prime concern for most nations today. In fact, it has become a key component of National Security..