NATO to hold CBRN workshop

A chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense workshop and exhibition will be held at NATO's headquarters in Brussels this week.

The workshop and exhibition comes as part of NATO's ongoing commitment to bolster its efforts against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The goal of the event is to deepen cooperation, facilitate information exchange and share best practices between NATO allies, partners and industry on CBRN defense capability development. The workshop and exhibition further aims to discuss methods of improving civil and military cooperation in crisis management operations.

Experts at the event will focus on the most critical capabilities of NATO, including CBRN detection; identification and monitoring technologies and strategies; disease surveillance, warning and reporting; CBRN attack recovery; and training opportunities for partners.

Experts from NATO member states, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, the Mediterranean Dialogue, the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative and other partners from a round the globe will be in attendance at the event, which will also see representatives from the European Union, the World Health Organization and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons participating.

NATO first launched its Multinational Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense Battalion in 2003 as part of its military transformation to achieve its Initial Operational Capability.