Talk:CBRN defense

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Merge with WMD[edit]

Per WP:NCA, the article title should be expanded to Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapon, and as such, is clearly a synonym for weapons of mass destructionMichael Z. 2006-10-07 21:26 Z

I also disagree with the merging, however, a link should be established and the difference explained. I have made a first try at this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Iljambonsen (talkcontribs) 21:22, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
I disagree with the merging of this article into the WMD page. CRBN and CNRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Order Explosives) are doctrinal terms used by the U.S. Military and other nation’s militaries. Although they refer to activities and items that may involve WMD topics, they are separate doctrinal concepts.
CBRNE tasks are primarily concerned with conducting military operations within various hazardous environments (or the elimination or mitigation of those environments). These environments can be generated via the use of WMDs, or they can be the result of the unintentional contamination of the environment from otherwise benign facilities or stockpiles.
Example of a non-WMD CBRNE operation: Soldiers conducting operations near a water treatment facility. There is an accidental release of chlorine from the facility. This is not a WMD. Yet the Soldiers will have to perform CBRNE tasks to continue to operate in the area until the chlorine can be mitigated or eliminated. 19:52, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

MichaelZ is out to lunch. Pepper spray calls for a CBRN response also, but that is hardly a weapon of mass destruction. (talk) 14:43, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

I've got to agree with There is a distinct difference between CBRN/E and WMD. Although sometimes used interchangeably by non-experts, they are NOT the same thing. A CBRN/E device may be a WMD, but the CBRN/E field encompasses much more. I doubt the WMD page discusses protective measures, for example. I'd like to expand this page, since it's a hot topic and getting a lot more press. Recent FISA passage, etc. I'll keep coming back for more editing, but I changed up some of the wording and definitions to make it a little more accurate.

Also, I don't think the definition of CBRNE as primarily a protective category is accurate, and that's a very narrow view of the field ( Yes, protective measures included, but there's so much more that we haven't discussed in this page (counter/non-proliferation, classification of CBRNE, fields included, etc.). I suggest we all keep adding, adding, adding, because we've barely hit the tip of the iceberg.TehGus (talk) 16:02, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Section Headings[edit]

I'm wondering what everyone thinks about re-doing the headings. It seems a little odd that we have Canada and USMC as similar headings (if you get my branch). What does everyone think we should do? If we get this page a little bigger, we could do country sections at the bottom, leave the top to US-specific, and make that much more broad. Ideas?TehGus (talk) 16:06, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Fixed. US is the main head, USMC and US Army are now sub-heads. (talk) 18:27, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Might it be an idea to add headings for history, types of agents, military use, terrorist use, delivery methods/systems, counter measures, decontamination and social/psycho impact? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Iljambonsen (talkcontribs) 21:32, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Added a heading References. Problems with CBRN is that the number of reliable online sources is nothing compared to the offline sources. Jane's is a good one and more should follow. The heading references helps to give these offline references a place. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Iljambonsen (talkcontribs) 21:48, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Things to do[edit]

I hit this looking for a wiki link from another article for either CBRN/E or B-NICE. I think B-NICE should be listed in the related acronyms at the top of the article. I also think a little explanation of the categories (particularly the difference between Nuclear and Radiological, and Incendiary vs Explosive in B-NICE). Use of the term should be expanded to be inclusive of other disciplines (emergency management for example, not just military). References to its worldwide use would be handy. Also, when the term was coined, why it replaced NBC, etc. Will do what I can as I have time. --Parradoxx (talk) 18:42, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

I need to have another card ordered the one have is faded and it is hard to see my name and card number —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:59, 22 January 2010 (UTC)


This article is fatally muddled. It defines "chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear" as meaning weapons or incidents. That is illogical enough. CBRN, or more usually NBC or NBCR means, exactly what it says - it does not mean weapons or incidents. That requires a different title - like "CBRN weapons"! From that muddled start the article declines further. India has apparently ordered 16 CBRN incidents or weapons, or both!

I suggest that the article should refer only to the term CBRN, and discussion of the different terms for essentially the same topic, NBC etc. There should be separate articles on NBC weapons/incidents/protection.

Agreed. But wasn't the CBR abbreviation used in the 50's and 60 followed by ABC and NBC? Also don't forget T for toxins (possibly around 1970?)! (talk) 19:22, 18 January 2014 (UTC)