Canadian Participation in the 1998 NATO/Poland Chemical Warfare Agent Sampling Demonstration


  1. Hancock, J.R.
  2. Tremblay, R.
  3. Marshall, D.
  4. Nadeau, J.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Canadian Forces Nuclear Biological and Chemical School, CFB Borden ONT (CAN);National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Between 1-3 September 1998, Canada participated in two NATO Sampling and Identification of Chemical Agents (SICA) demonstrations conducted at the Military Unit 2130, Warsaw, Poland, SICA teams from 9 NATO countries (BE, CA, FR, IT, NL, NO, SP, UK and US) as well as team from Poland participated in the demonstrations. The first demonstration was conducted using a chemical warfare (CW) simulant, while the second demonstration was conducted with the CW agent, mustard. The CW agent sampling demonstrations were valuable, not only from a scientific viewpoint, but also for raising the profile of SICA within the military. The sampling demonstrations afforded the NATO countries an opportunity to implement the lessons learned (i.e. team size, contamination control, chain of custody, etc) from the successful field trials held in France in 1997. Within the NATO context, the major issue arising from the sampling demonstrations was the collection of samples as legal evidence. The prime reason fro the sampling and identification of biological and chemical agents is to confirm use by the enemy and thereby support timely decisions concerning the NATO response to such actions. Subsequently, NATO may decide to turn the evidence of a CB attack over to the legal system. In such cases, the sampling and identification process must be able to stand up under legal examination. TRUNCATED
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Report Number
DRES-TR-1999-050 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 1999
Number of Pages
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