Book Review: Michael H. Armacost, The Politics of Weapons Innovation: The Thor-Jupiter Controversy

Follow the link to my book review of Michael H. Armacost’s The Politics of Weapons Innovation: The Thor-Jupiter Controversy., a book about the inter-service rivalry between the Air Force and Army Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Programs in the 1950s that matched Bernard Shriver’s Western Development Division of the Air Force (and its TRW Corporation) against the Army’s superior rocket team at Red Stone Arsenal led by Werner Von Braun (and Chrysler Motor Company), which would go on to form an essential part of NASA.

“I don’t think you are doing that right…” Equipment selection and use in CBRN Operations, Part 1

CBRN world is full of technology and various “magic boxes” designed to provide information. Many of these devices are in the hands of operators who lack an understanding of the technology they use. This series examines some of the critical pieces of equipment in CBRN operations and the ways operators can utilize their equipment properly to improve safety and increase operational awareness.

WWI Further Reading

One of our readers requested some additional source material about some of what I write about on The Further Reading list posted today will appear in our forthcoming book on Belleau Wood and in our series of publications of Rexmond Cochrane's work, but I'm posting it here for a "living version" on our website to encourage others to learn more about the most critical part of CBRN history - the beginning. 

Aum Shinrikyo Part 4: Conclusion and Summary

In the conclusion to our series exploring the Aum Shinrikyo attacks on the Tokyo Subway, argues that medical facilities, like St. Luke's in Tokyo, are a main locus for CBRN incident response, even more so than incident scenes in many cases. Planning, coordination, and information management are key to solving the problems associated with CBRN incidents, and have wider application to mass casualty incidents.