Col. (Dr.)
Ram Athavale (Retd)

Col Athavale is a specialist in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Security, Risk Mitigation and Incident Management and holds PhD for his Doctoral research in CBRN Counter Terrorism. An ‘81 Batch veteran officer he was last posted as Director CBRN at the Army Headquarters.  He has been a Key CBRN Advisor to the Govt of India and the European Union CBRN Risk Mitigation Centers of Excellence initiative (EU CBRN CoE).

A prolific writer in CBRN journals and Defence and Security magazines, Col Athavale has authored a pioneering book on ‘CBRN Incident Management in India’, titled “Toxic Portents”.  Presently based at Pune, India, 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, 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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Recent activity

Participated and contributed as a CBRN Expert in the EU TRANSTUN Project for CBRN Security in Trans Border Tunnels in EU


"Impact the Outcomes" by Col (Dr) Ram Athavale


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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”

recent Publications
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Feb 2021

A storm has shaken the nation

When will it end? That is the question everyone is asking about Covid-19. Having emerged in "Patient 0" of Wuhan around November 2019, it took just 12 weeks for the deadly virus to bring the world to a halt. In India, initial shortages of PPE, masks and ventilators were at first overcome by rapid home production and imports...

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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...