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The members of's editorial staff have been in the heart of counter-proliferation and homeland defense efforts for almost two decades. Now we want to share that experience with you.


Our Mission

We at are about information exchange. Credible, factual, realistic information. No breathless anthrax-sarin-nuclear bomb scenarios here. It is our mission to bring history and research to CBRN professionals. Science is part of what we do, but it is not the sole source of information. Nor should it be! CBRN weapons are about science, engineering, military strategy, tactics, and a host of other far flung fields from psychology to history. Merging those subjects into a cohesive whole is what we do. We strive to provide down-in-the-dirt, practical information based on real events and real experience. We refuse to deal in what "could" or "might" be, or what only happens in a lab. We deal in what is, was, and most likely will be. Because that is where CBRN professionals live and operate.

The facts of chemical warfare have probably been less ventilated than those of any other important war development, yet no subject has aroused more general and intense feelings. Tanks, aircraft, the different campaigns, enemy memoirs, and a variety of war subjects have received a considerable measure of publicity, some of them more than full measure. Grave questions are pending in which the chemical aspect of national defense is a prominent factor. However willing the individual concerned, he cannot make a sound judgement on the brief technical or popular garbled versions which have appeared. One searches in vain for balanced and detailed statements on the question.
— Victor Lefebure, The Riddle of the Rhine: Chemical Strategy in Peace and War, 1923.

Those WMDs are around here someplace....

Those WMDs are around here someplace....

About The Founder began as a personal project of Brad Trefz, based on his own experience and research regarding CBRN history and issues. He served 12 years in the United States Army and Army National Guard (8 of them active duty) first as an infantryman and later as a CBRN Specialist. In 2000, he was selected to join the newly formed 6th Civil Support Team - Weapons of Mass Destruction (Texas) where he served in a variety of roles until 2004, participating in the national response to 9-11, the anthrax attacks that followed, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and the 2004 Superbowl. 

In 2004, he left the Army and deployed to Iraq in support of the Iraq Survey Group where he conducted Sensitive Site Exploitations of former-regime and insurgent CBRN related sites. From 2004 to 2008 he worked as a consultant to a Department of Defense Counter-Proliferation effort in Washington, DC.  Since 2008 he has pursued academic studies focused on CBRN history, earning a masters degree in history and another in international affairs. He currently assists local communities and the state of Texas in planning for hazardous materials transportation incidents, and is an independent scholar and author.