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November 30, 2022

A series of training sessions on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) assassinations and disinformation, including techniques and tactics for prevention, mitigation, response, and investigation of WMD assassination attempts, was organized and held in 2021 and 2022 by the Georgian Center for Strategy and Development and the support of the US Embassy in Tbilisi.

The participants were drawn from the Georgia State Security Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Office of the National Security Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Agriculture, and Revenue Service.

The purpose of the program was to provide the CBRN commission members and first responders from the relevant agencies with knowledge about specialized techniques and tactics that are essential for spotting potentially suspicious WMD assassination attempts, ensuring safe and secure functioning in a potentially contaminated WMD environment, and putting together a thorough response. 

The training program covered broad subjects like the history of CBRN attacks, the CBRN terrorism cycle, and a general overview of WMD threats, as well as more in-depth technical information on how to manage a CBRN crime scene, contain and mitigate the incident, decontaminate the CBRN environment, and gather evidence and samples in detecting, identifying, and monitoring various WMD materials, as well as additional investigations of CBRN evidence, hoaxes, threats, false alarms, CBRN reaction drills requiring quick action, and VIP protection from CBRN threats.