Returning for its fourth year SMi’s Counter CBRN Operations 2010 will provide you with the most up-to-date examination on the international CBRN challenge. Following on from sell out events in 2006, 2007 and 2008 Counter CBRN Operations 2010 gives international speakers and attendees the opportunity to discuss frankly the latest threats and emerging opportunities.

The development and spread of weapons of mass destruction remains a major concern for international agencies and government bodies. Take the chance to hear well timed accounts on what is being done to counter this threat. Furthermore hear from military and civil agencies on how we can best achieve interoperability during a CBRN emergency and assess how CBRN training can enhance your capabilities.


  • Hear the latest updates from international counter-proliferation centres
  • Discuss how we can best achieve interoperability during a CBRN emergency
  • Learn about inter-agency cooperation in response to major public events
  • Assess the latest operational case studies
  • Examine training programmes designed to enhance your capabilities
  • Network with the people you want to meet from the CBRN community 

Latest Registered Organisations Include:

  • Cobham
  • Netherlands Forensic Institute
  • Portsmouth Aviation
  • DSTL
  • KBR
  • Fra Angelico
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Airboss Defense
  • Royal Thai Army
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Thales
  • OPCW
  • BAE Systems
  • Contingency Today
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
  • Astrium


Industry Profile Includes:

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts and Officers for:

  • Head of CBRN Department
  • Proliferation Expert
  • CBRN Programmes
  • Research Scientist
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Strategy CBRN
  • Business Development
  • Technology Programmes
  • CBRN Training 

Military and Civilian Profile Includes:

Commanders, Branch Chiefs, Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Officers, Project & Programme Managers, Engineers for:

  • Police Operational Support
  • Counter-Proliferation
  • Chemical Corps
  • CBRN Centre
  • CBRN Coordinator
  • CBRN Training Centres
  • First Responders

CBRN-E 2008

“High quality speakers and excellent conference organisation. Well done.” - Ministry of Defence, Belgium

“Thanks a lot for a very interesting conference. The content was excellent.” - US Department of Defence

 “I came away with a lot to think about for the months to come. Where and when is the next conference?” - Thales

“Thanks for a very interesting conference. It was a very comprehensive overview and it gave me a lot to think about for the months to come.” - Norwegian Defence Force 

Organisations in attendance in 2008 include:

Lockheed Martin, ICx Radiation, EADS Defence, BAE Systems, Intelaguard, DSTL, Environics Oy, GE Homeland Protection, Meridian Medical Technologies, Janes Information Group, Thales, Siemens, Raytheon, SAIC...and more!

Plus military and civil delegates from:

German NBC School, Joint CBRN Centre of Excellence, NATO WMD Centre, British Army, Swedish National CBRN Centre, Transport Canada, Belgian NBC School, International Atomic Energy Agency, British Transport Police, UK Police National CBRN Centre, European Defence Agency, International Committee of the Red Cross, Danish CBRN School...and more! 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mike McBride

Mike McBride, Consultant Editor, IHS Jane's


Chief Superintendent Andrew Sigsworth

Chief Superintendent Andrew Sigsworth, Head, Lead Police Operational Support Plan, Police National CBRN Centre, UK

  • How has the changing threat affected police forces working relationship with the military?
  • Training and development at the National CBRN Police Centre
  • Experiences and lessons learned
  • How do we improve on the current structure and create a more joined up approach?

    Bill Puttmann

    Bill Puttmann, Expert Civil and Military Coordination, Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre

  • NATO Response to the threat posed by WMD
  • Coordination between NATO nations
  • Aims, requirements and challenges
  • Building international partnerships
  • The way forward

    Dr Edward Clayson

    Dr Edward Clayson, Deputy Joint Project Manager, CBMS, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defence, USA

  • Current mission
  • Transforming CBRN defence equipment
  • Next generation of mobile, agile and modular chemical and biological defence systems
  • Securing our future
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Neutralizing Board Chemical Warfare Agents through the Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL)

    Laura Cochrane

    Laura Cochrane, Program Director, Technology Development, Health Care Protective Products Division, RSDecon

  • Understanding the background and need for RSDL
  • Examaning the potential uses of RSDL beyond military forces
  • Exploring the benefits and convenience of RSDL and how it can be used in conjunction with water in a First Responder scenario
  • 11:30 National Nuclear Laboratory and the Counter-Proliferation Policy

    Dr Graham Fairhall

    Dr Graham Fairhall, Chief Science & Technology Officer, National Nuclear Laboratory

  • Activities at the centre
  • Assessing the current challenge
  • Our work in response to the changing threat
  • Training of staff and industry best practice
  • How do we improve?
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch Sponsored by RSDecon

    14:00 Revisiting the Aum Shinrikyo’s WMD Programs Based Upon New Information from Court Trials and Other Sources

    Katsuhisa Furukawa

    Katsuhisa Furukawa, Research Fellow, Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society, Japan Science and Technology Agency

  • The details of the Aum Shinrikyo’s WMD Programs, based on information from court trials, including the target selection, cooperation from abroad, weapon –material procurement, weapon production and employment
  • Radicalization in the context of WMD terrorism
  • Lessons learned for intelligence, inter-agency coordination, private-public cooperation, and consequence management
  • How can we improve in the wider context and improve in the future?
  • 14:30 Command and Control Between Services during a CBRN Incident - A Czech Case Study

    Colonel Karel Huleja

    Colonel Karel Huleja, Chief of the Chemical Corps, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Command and Control between Services during a CBRN Incident – A Czech Case Study
  • Czech CBRN programme
  • Interoperability and coordination between rescue services, police, ambulance and military during a CBRN incident
  • Training of staff
  • Challenges encountered and overcome
  • 15:00 Interpol and the CBRN Response Programme

    William Lippert

    William Lippert, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Specialized Crime and Analysis Directorate / Criminal Analysis Sub-Directorate, Interpol

  • Overview of the CBRN response programme
  • Lessons learned from operations
  • Types of scenarios encountered
  • Consequences of operations
  • Preparing and coordinating internal teams
  • Future trends
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Security Planning and Operational Response in CBRN Scenarios: The Italian Approach

    Professor Roberto Mugavero

    Professor Roberto Mugavero, Action Planning for Homeland Security & Protection from CBRN Events, University Of Rome Tor Vergata

  • Italian CBRN Risk Profile:
  • Accidental and Intentional Events
  • National System for Protection Against CBRN Threat:
  • Risk Assessment, Planning Scenarios, Security Tasks and CBRN National Emergency System
  • Current Organization and Future Prospect

    Chris Abbott

    Chris Abbott, Principle Consultant CBRNE, Detica

    Bill Puttmann

    Bill Puttmann, Expert Civil and Military Coordination, Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre

    Chief Superintendent Andrew Sigsworth

    Chief Superintendent Andrew Sigsworth, Head, Lead Police Operational Support Plan, Police National CBRN Centre, UK

    Professor Roberto Mugavero

    Professor Roberto Mugavero, Action Planning for Homeland Security & Protection from CBRN Events, University Of Rome Tor Vergata

    William Lippert

    William Lippert, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Specialized Crime and Analysis Directorate / Criminal Analysis Sub-Directorate, Interpol

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mike McBride

    Mike McBride, Consultant Editor, IHS Jane's

    9:10 CBRN Inter-agency Cooperation in Response to Major Public Events

    Craig Petrie

    Craig Petrie, Manager Data Centers, Forensic and Data Centers, Australian Federal Police

  • An Overview of the Sydney Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth Games
  • Experiences and lessons learnt from the games
  • CBRN data, knowledge and intelligence sharing
  • Training of staff
  • Inter agency cooperation and the joined up approach
  • Lessons learnt

    Colonel Ben Hancock

    Colonel Ben Hancock, Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Civil Support , Northcom

  • Overview of CBRN activities at NORTHCOM and the operational requirements
  • Examples from recent missions
  • Getting urgent operational response right
  • Requirements identified
  • Getting the right logistics programme in place
  • Can we do better?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee


    Wil Herdman

    Wil Herdman, Training Officer, Counter Terrorism Technology Centre

  • Overview of activities at the CTTC
  • An examination of the facilities available
  • The CBRN training programme – background
  • Live agent training
  • First responder training programme
  • Working with different federal partners
  • Future directions
  • 11:30 CBRN Contemporary Operating Environment

    Lieutenant Colonel Brian Clesham

    Lieutenant Colonel Brian Clesham, SO1 CBRN, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Understanding the new risks
  • CBRN postures and what effects they will have
  • The changing environment and the development of new concepts
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 CBRN Decontamination of Small and Large Sensitive Equipment

    Stefano Miorotti

    Stefano Miorotti, CBRN Subject Matter Expert, Cristanini

  • SX34 System for CBRN Small and Large Sensitive Equipment
  • How does the SX34 System work?
  • Tests carried out and lessons learned
  • New solutions to highly complex scientific, technological and engineering problems
  • Simple, reliable, complete and economical solutions to a big problem
  • 14:10 Medical/Hospital CBRN Defence in Urban/Megapolis Enviroment

    Colonel Ioannis Galatas

    Colonel Ioannis Galatas, CBRN Officer & Planner, Hellenic National Defense General Staff

  • Megapolis - Definition
  • CBRNE Threats – Targets & Classification
  • C-R Attack – Event Timeline (peculiarities of urban environment)
  • Golden Hour vs. Medical Consequences (that might last for years)
  • Medical/Hospital CBRN Operations (key points)
  • B-attack – Event Timeline (resemblance with current on-going pandemic)
  • Case Study 1: Tokyo’s Subway Sarin Incident (medical perspective)
  • Case Study 2: The Goiânia Incident (medical perspective)
  • Case Study 3: The “Dirty Man” (medical perspective)
  • Problems Identified from the Athens’ 2004 Olympiad CBRN Defense Planning (personal experience)
  • Medical/Hospital CBRN Defense – The Weak Link? (highlights of EU-funded ETHREAT Project  [2005-8, leading country: Greece] addressing front-line health professionals' ability to cope with CBRN mass casualties incidents)
  • Case Study 4: London’s Hospital (randomly selected) CBRN Defense towards London 2012 Olympic Games - Lessons Learned?
  • The Way Ahead (suggestions for the future)
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 CBRN Threats to Civil Aviation

  • What is the threat to civil aviation?
  • Are airlines and crew prepared?
  • What are the current procedures?
  • Is there training available for crews?
  • How do we proceed?
  • Captain Nico Voorbach

    Captain Nico Voorbach, Chairman IFALPA Security Committee, IFALPA

    15:50 International Humanitarian Assistance to a CBRN Incident

    Dominique Loye

    Dominique Loye, Deputy Head and Technical Adviser, Arms Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Analysis of CBRN risks from a humanitarian assistance perspective
  • Current roles and capacities in providing assistance to CBRN victims
  • Lessons learned from operations and table-top exercises
  • Developing a Minimal Operational Response Capacity
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Achieving Multi-Agency Cooperation in the Case of a CBRN Emergency

    Achieving Multi-Agency Cooperation in the Case of a CBRN Emergency

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    3rd February 2010
    London, United Kingdom

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    Marriott Regents Park

    This 4 star north London hotel in zone 2 is the perfect destination for the astute business traveler as well as the leisure guest that knows how convenient north London hotels are, as a base from which to explore the city .Bond Street is just 3 stops from Swiss Cottage underground station on the Jubilee Line, so you can be shopping, exploring the sights and taking in one of London’s world-renowned West End shows in less than 15 minutes when you stay at this hotel near central London. At the same time, the hive of activity that is Camden Town, the chic shops, cafes and restaurants of Primrose Hill and ZSL’s London Zoo in Regents Park are all just a short walk from this hotel in north London.



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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