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Nuclear disasters of the past should inform decisions of the future

Written by Argon Electronics on 31 Jul 2014

The names Chernobyl and Fukushima will forever be synonymous with nuclear disasters, much like Hiroshima and Nagasaki are with nuclear warfare.

Their sad tales will be recounted through history and the actions, reactions and lessons from each site debated for years to come. Equally, decisions regarding nuclear safety in the future should bear these events in mind.

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CollaBoRatioN in CBRN

Written by Argon Electronics on 26 Jun 2014

With growing risks emerging from regions under conflict that have vanishing or no borders at all, collaboration when it comes to CBRN knowledge and training is becoming vital.

Nowhere will collaboration be more important than in the Gulf and Middle East. With instability spreading out from Iraq into Syria and Iran, it’s key that nations and defence bodies communicate to ensure their response to potential CBRN events are swift and successful.

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Simulation training for every eventuality

Written by Argon Electronics on 28 May 2014

With the World Cup fast approaching, it has become a race against time for Brazil to have all the stadia and infrastructure ready for when the first match kicks-off on June 12th.

Although the competition itself is sure to be a momentous event, the emergency services will have to be prepared for every eventuality, from crowd trouble to terrorist attacks.

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Crossing the channel: Argon attend SIM OPS Conference in France

Written by Argon Electronics on 16 Apr 2014

Saumur

Last month we were delighted to attend the first SIM OPS (le forum de la simulation operationnelle) conference and exhibition at EDS (écoles militaries de Saumur) in the Loire Valley, France. Exhibiting with our French representatives, APVL ingenerie, who did a great job in making the arrangements, we were hosted on site by CDNBC (centre de défense nucléaire biologique et chimique).

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The future is so bright…

Written by Argon Electronics on 24 Mar 2014

The UK Government recently announced that it was planning a new elite college to educate a new generation of nuclear engineers. The college is quoted as being “an important step forward for the UK and its nuclear future.” The announcement states that the forecasted nuclear new builds will create 40,000 jobs in the UK during its peak, though many employers in the industry are recording skills shortages, especially in engineering.

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A look back at Defexpo 2014, India

Written by Argon Electronics on 28 Feb 2014

Earlier this month, we said namaste to Defexpo India 2014. This year was the fourth time we’ve taken part in the event that covers land, naval and internal homeland security systems. We’ve taken part in other events in the region before, and supplied equipment to the College of Military Engineering based at Pune, India, but it was great to return to the sheer scale of a full military exhibition. Argon were part of the stand representing UK solutions providers, which was manned in part by our Sales Manager, Patrick Hickmott.

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The symptoms of radiation exposure

Written by Argon Electronics on 31 Jan 2014

Radiation is invisible, odourless and tasteless. It is constantly around us – from natural radiation in the air, from cosmic rays, in the earth and building materials, to man-made radioactive materials such as medical radiotherapy or nuclear fuel used to power nuclear power stations.

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Safety; a watchword that must underpin future work on nuclear reactors

Written by Argon Electronics on 06 Jan 2014

Nuclear disaster

“The Chernobyl accident was a great human tragedy, but many valuable and important lessons were learned as a result of it. ‘Safety First’ is the watchword that must underpin all of our work in the future, even more than in the past.” These were the words of Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaking at the International Conference on Chernobyl: Twenty Five Years On – Safety for the Future, in April 2011.

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Is the weather a secret weapon of war?

Written by Argon Electronics on 20 Nov 2013

It sounds like the horrifying basis of a Hollywood science fiction film; controlling the weather to use as a powerful weapon of war.  But as a recently released book, Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism makes clear, this was seriously considered not long after the Second World War.

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Thinking the unthinkable - How to respond to a CBRN attack

Written by Argon Electronics on 22 Oct 2013

How do you train your response teams to tackle a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) attack on London without endangering public safety or causing a panic?  Moreover, how do you create a realistic scenario where the trainees don’t know what to expect, reflecting the truth that responders don’t always know what they’re looking for in a real life situation?

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