A dual-use chlorine plant being monitored by UNSCOM. Credit: UN Photo.

Puzzling out the Iraqi biological weapons program

By David R. Franz, July 21, 2021


A dual-use chlorine plant being monitored by UNSCOM. Credit: UN Photo.

Serving as a chief Inspector for UNSCOM in the mid-90s was unlike anything I had done before. As an active-duty US Army colonel involved in research and development of medical countermeasures to biological weapons, I came to UNSCOM with one perspective. Most members of my UNSCOM teams had somewhat different backgrounds and perspectives, technical or political. Many had been involved in one way or another in arms control; I hadn’t.

Some came from countries that we called “adversaries,” but most from allies.


US Department of Defense. 2020. A Strategic Vision for Biological Threat Reduction: The US Department of Defense and Beyond.

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