CBRN / HazMat Training Blog

Steven Pike

Steven Pike
Steven Pike is the Founder and Managing Director of Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. A graduate of the University of Hertfordshire, Steven has been awarded a number of international patents relating to the field of hazardous material training systems and technology.

Recent Posts

Gruinard Island and the Dark Harvest Commandos

Written by Steven Pike on 26 June 2024

Decades of secrecy shrouded Gruinard Island, laying off the western coast of Scotland. The island was deemed too dangerous to allow public access after it was contaminated during World War Two germ warfare experiments. In 1981, an unknown group calling themselves the Dark Harvest Commandos issued an ultimatum: clean up or face an Anthrax nightmare. This early attempt at bioterrorism serves as a reminder that such dangers still exist today.


CBRNe Capability: Better Use of Simulators in Training

Written by Steven Pike on 10 June 2024

While CBRNe capability has improved enormously, investment in training remains a lower priority than it should be. Improved use of CBRNe simulators in training is not only cost-effective but also provides agile, safe, and demanding training scenario solutions.


Chernobyl: Drawing a Line Under Disaster

Written by Steven Pike on 24 May 2024

Chernobyl's new sarcophagus took two decades to make. Bigger than Wembley Stadium and taller than the Statue of Liberty, it is intended to seal in the entire disaster site for 100 years. It’s an extraordinary engineering effort.


Mustard Gas: From Weapon of Terror to Cancer Cure

Written by Steven Pike on 09 May 2024

Mustard gas was first used as a weapon of terror bringing chemical weapons to the battlefield. However, the properties that made it an agonising killer also made it into the basis for a frontline cancer treatment.


British Army Fuchs 1 Returns to Frontline Service

Written by Steven Pike on 02 May 2024

The UK fleet of TPz Fuchs 1 vehicles procured hastily for CBRN reconnaissance duty in the first Gulf War has survived a number of defence cuts and has returned to service following an extensive capability regeneration and enhancement programme.


Operation Tomodachi: CBRN Interoperability and Joint Training

Written by Steven Pike on 04 April 2024

The US response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster provided valuable lessons for the US military and its allies in creating a radiological detection and analysis capability that can offer real-time shared situational awareness.  


The Most Deadly of Nerve Agents: VX

Written by Steven Pike on 28 March 2024

The deadly nerve agent VX was used in the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam. It is the most lethal of the nerve agents produced, more so than Sarin, and has an interesting if shadowy history.


The Goiânia Incident: Lessons from a Radiological Disaster

Written by Steven Pike on 19 March 2024

In September 1987, a small amount of Cesium-137 was removed from an abandoned cancer-therapy machine in Brazil. This petty theft resulted in hundreds of people being eventually poisoned by radiation from the substance. The incident highlighted the danger that even relatively small amounts of radiation can pose.


Radioactive Sources: What They Do and the Need for Caution

Written by Steven Pike on 06 March 2024

Argon’s Steven Pike considers what radiation sources are and why despite their application in everyday life, the existence of radiation sources should not be taken for granted.


The Dangerous Legacy of the Soviet Union’s Use of Nuclear Technology

Written by Steven Pike on 21 February 2024

Argon’s Steven Pike considers the history and legacy of the Soviet Union’s search for remote energy supply.