Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD03)

Venue: Hyatt Regency

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 25, 2003 End Date/Time: Sep 26, 2003
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WMD03: Playing the enemy

Preparing our responses by knowing in depth the threat that we face from terrorist use of toxic weapons.

This 'New Terrorism' presents a huge challenge to complex urban society. City dwellers face attack from small autonomous cells, with no discernible leadership, united only by an apparent hatred of 'western' society and foreign policy, a jealousy of western technology and theistic bigotry. It’s their unhealthy interest in radiological, chemical and biological weapons that gives an especially raw edge to society's fear.

Emergency Management Agencies and the defence community alike need to put themselves in the enemy's shoes and try to understand his motivations and likely modus operandi--to 'play the enemy'. There are many clues to both the general threat and the types of hazards, which need to be considered. These include the fact that terrorists like simplicity. Things mustn't be complicated enough to go wrong during an attack. Also, why go to the expense and risk of discovery by making gallons of sarin, when there are equally toxic materials moving every day across the country by road, rail, sea and air?

This conference focuses on the way these groups may be thinking with respect to WMD use. It will look at the most vulnerable points in industry and transport. It will examine those processes that are often ignored: in the waste disposal industry, the oil industry, paints and chemicals and many others. It will take these vulnerabilities in hand and try to identify sensible, practical solutions, which the defence and EMA community can take on board. Delegates will hear commentary from a carefully chosen list of top presenters, offering hard advice and prompting energetic discussion that will draw on the experience of speakers and delegates alike.


Any decision-makers involved in tackling infrastructure vulnerability or trying to prepare contingency plans for terrorist attacks. This conference is aimed not just at planners but at responders and trainers in government--both defence and emergency management, the medical community, providers of logistics, agricultural products, waste management, food and drinks suppliers and retailers as well as their advisers, support and PR organisations.


Jane's Conferences aims to ensure that delegates leave this important forum with a greater understanding of how the enemy may use WMDs to further their aims, emphasising the vulnerabilities of complex urban communities, the steps that can be taken to minimise the impact and to share in the problems and experiences of others from actual or exercised incidents.


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