publications

July 2020

It's my show! No, it's mine!

Col Ram Athavale examines multiagency response operations in CBRN incidents. It is widely recognised that the multi-agency response to a CBRN incident will be challenging. It will therefore require a dynamic and joint approach by the concerned emergency services and other agencies to deliver an operationally efective, optimal and synergised response..

June 2020

Where is my mask?

The current Covid19 pandemic and the urgent need to conduct tests and detect cases has led to serious thought about Indian capability to deploy rapid Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) detection systems across the country. In addition, the vanishing of masks and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) from the markets and rise...

May 2020

National CBRN Centre Of Exellence

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) security is a matter of grave concern for many nations today. CBRN security in India is still in its early stages. There is a need to look at it from a broader perspective of internal and regional security..

Mar 2020

Biosecurity in India: The Way Forward

India is a vast country with porous borders, a great variety of flora and fauna and an over bulging population. Climatic conditions vary from perennially humid and sultry to snow-capped. In such a cauldron of a natural ripe potion, a drop of a toxic pathogen can cause havoc..

July 2020

GAS! GAS! HELP!

The Chemical industry is one of the oldest industries in India. It not only plays a crucial role in meeting the daily needs of the common man, but also contributes significantly towards the industrial and economic growth of the nation. Many of these chemicals are toxic, explosive, and/or reactive, thus posing a potential hazard to humans, other life forms, and the environment...

May 2020

Preparing  for  the Possible Surge

When will it end? That is the question everyone is asking about Covid-19. Hard to imagine, it began from one, just one infected person. Patient 0 of Wuhan is said to have emerged sometime in Nov-Dec 2019. Today Covid-19 has the world in its grip. Daily death rates are alarming. While European countries claim they are beyond the peak...

April 2020

COVID19 | THE GAME CHANGER

 

The year 2020 begins with strange news coming from the bustling city of Wuhan in central China. Health authorities in China say that many people are being treated for pneumonia like condition from an unknown source........

April 2020

PREPARE FOR THE ARMAGEDDON: NATIONAL  CBRN  SECURITY

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) security is a matter of grave concern for many nations today. CBRN security in India is still in its early stages. There is a need to look at it from a broader perspective of internal and regional security challenges that manifest in the form of CBRN terrorism, among others.

Feb 2020

Article on combating 2019 n-Coronavirus

In Marathi language daily Sakal, Pune city

Jan 2020

Practice Makes Perfect

CBRN incidents are on the rise and there is a need for clear understanding of threats, vulnerabilities and modus operandi for prevention and response. Managing CBRN incidents, both prevention and response, is a multi-agency afair seeking fne coordination and clear understanding of roles and jurisdictions...

Sept 2019

Lest We Perish: CBRN Incident Management

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) security is a matter of grave concern for most nations today. CBRN security in India is still in its nascent stages. There is a need to look at it from a broader perspective of internal and regional security challenges that manifest in the form of CBRN terrorism, among others.

June 2019

After Bhopal: India Rules

India’s chemical industries are mostly housed in the western and southern Indian states while major users are located in the northern states, especially with respect to consumption of agrochemicals. Since western Indian states are the major chemical producing zones, these are also the major hazardous waste-generating states..

May 2, 2018

Stop! Who Goes There?

Managing National Borders is a complex mechanism.  Various agencies from Armed Forces, Police, Coast Guard, Paramilitary forces and Customs are engaged in securing the borders.  Optimal management of movement of personnel and goods across borders within agreed upon protocols and treaties is necessary to maintain sovereign integrity, safety and security.

April, 2018

CBRN Industry Prospects in India

The Indian Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) defence programme began in late eighties as 
a core training facility at College of Military Engineering Pune in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)...

May 2018

Mitigating Risk

Industrial toxic accidents are almost daily happenstances: tankers with fuel or chemicals exploding, fires in chemical plants or storage warehouses, spread of unknown illness or disease and similar large casualty events. Effective communication in CBRN crisis situations can prevent public and stakeholder paranoia and assist the management agencies to restore normalcy.

Jan 2018

Too Fast, Too Much

Industrial toxic accidents are almost daily happenstances: tankers with fuel or chemicals exploding, fires in chemical plants or storage warehouses, spread of unknown illness or disease and similar large casualty events. Effective communication in CBRN crisis situations can prevent public and stakeholder paranoia and assist the management agencies to restore normalcy.

Nov, 2018

Toxic Terror: Are We Prepared?

The distinction between internal and external security is fading. It is famously said, India has secure borders but insecure citizen. Terrorists can slip into our societies, and exploit our openness to inflict massive attacks. Analysis clearly indicates the growing possibility of CBRN terrorism in the Indian subcontinent...

May 2, 2018

Let me out! I’m choking!

World population is on the rise and cities and towns are getting overcrowded.  Tiny apartment blocks and slums are mushrooming on a daily basis.  Market places are chock-a-block and there is hardly any room for accommodating more people.  To save on space, market places are converting to malls where everything from shoes to food is concentrated in one building...

Oct 2, 2017

CBRN Border Security Challenges in Eastern Africa

Eastern Africa is a region mainly comprising of the Great lakes region and Horn of Africa.  Countries of the region are varying levels of development from those still embroiled in political instability and civic turmoil to others that are industrialising and developing rapidly...

July 28, 2017

“Do I smell something fishy?”

The smell of rotting fish is synonymous to something being wrong.  Everyday we are subjected to multifarious smells and odors, some pleasing, others noxious.  Then there are substances that are bad to touch. They may cause irritation, burns or rashes.  Others may sting your eyes.  We have a natural reflex that tells us that something is not right with this place based on our sensory inputs...

July 2017

Multinational CBRN Training

The last two decades have witnessed terrorism, militancy and newer forms of technologically-related violence involving non-state actors in many parts of the world. Obviously, this has heightened insecurity and threatened global peace we all seek. Emerging threats have indicated an increasing shift by malicious persons to use CBRNe materials and cyber technologies to cause mass destruction...

April 24, 2017

CBRN Response: The Essentials

The murder of Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia with nerve agents and the gas attacks at Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, Syria, are gruesome reminders of the dangerously toxic world we live in. Toxic incidents are on the rise and there is a need to plan prevention and response measures with care. An incident (accident or terrorist attack) involving the use of CBRN materials, could inflict large numbers of casualties...

March 27, 2017

CBRN Security For High Visibility Events

Large public events, being high population density venues with significant politico-social importance, are highly vulnerable to CBRN terrorism. A terrorist attack involving the use of CBRN materials, could inflict large numbers of casualties and would represent a major incident for the emergency services. Administration and response forces could get overwhelmed unless proper planning and preparations are made...

Feb, 2016

Key to Excellence

Enhancing preparedness through a multi-agency and multi-national approach is critical for global efforts to thwart and respond to growing CBRN threats. Dr. Ram Athavale outlines the importance of the European Union's CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative in providing on-site technical assistance...

July 2015

Toxic Terror & Societal Response

The threat of conventional and full scale war has faded. Nuclear saber rattling may be used as mere tools for moral ascendancy and leveraging diplomatic advantage. Globalization and revolution in Information Technology has caused a spurt in transnational terrorism...

April 2015

CBRN Terrorism: A Reality Check

Terrorists may resort to WMD to generate widespread panic, that could bring down a democratic govt, or to establish a position of strength from which to negotiate their demands. The Tokyo nerve gas attack by the Japanese cult group, Aum Shinrikyo, on 20 March 1995, had set precedence in the use of WMD...

June 2008

Terror Forecast : RNBC Terrorism?

Terror is not new to India. Modern man is living in a violent world and undeniably, societal threshold of violence is rising. As a result, ‘People’ are already inoculated against increasing dosage levels of violence. The need to spill more blood and launch more spectacular attacks to capture headlines is becoming a compulsion because of heightened security against traditional terrorist acts...

Jan 2008

Awareness and Preparedness is the Key to Survival

Modern man is living in a violent world and under an undeniable threshold of rising societal violence. As a result, people are already preparing against various forms of violence. On the terrorist’s side, more spectacular or significantly different attacks would be necessary to receive greater attention...

Col (Dr.) Ram Athavale

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