In a time of widespread concern about international terrorism, governments are acutely aware of the potential threats posed by CBRNe weapons. CBRNe is an all-encompassing term for weapons employed by terrorists that can inflict not only mass destruction, but also widespread illness and disruption of civilian life or infrastructure. The acronym has changed over the years as new threats have entered the terrorist arsenal with the current version standing for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and (improvised) explosives.
In this issue we investigate how military forces are preparing to respond to potential CBRNe attacks, and how technology developed for the battlefield is being adopted to protect civilians against modern terrorist weapons.
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Other highlights from this month's issue include:
Shedding weight and bulk from small arms and ammunition could be a lifesaver for an infantry soldier - we profile leading developments in lightweight weapons and ammunition designed for dismounted ground troops. We also explore innovations in night vision technology.
Read more in the army section of this issue.
NATO action in Libya last year proved that close air support is an effective alternative to deploying an occupying force. We look back to find out what lessons can be learned for future conflicts. We also investigate technology and market trends in the global industry for missiles and missile defence systems.
Read more in the air force section of this issue.
With piracy in international waters being an increasingly serious concern for the commercial shipping industry, anti-piracy measures have become an essential facet of global naval operations. We find out why, aside from counter measures and protection technology, cooperation is becoming a key to protecting vital shipping lanes. We also round up naval weapon technologies set to make big waves in 2012.
Read more in the navy section of this issue.
In the light of recent cyber attacks on defence organisations and contractors, much is being done to protect sensitive data and facilities. We investigate the weapons the military is using in the war against hostile hackers, and how the private sector will be involved.
We also profile high-tech tanks currently available or in the pipeline, explore the next generation of naval navigation technology, and look at cutting-edge training aircraft that are set to revolutionise fighter pilot training by merging real flying with virtual aerial warfare.
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