It was no accident that I came to join the UN Special Commission. I had experience in the technical aspects of all three weapons of mass destruction categories: nuclear, chemical, and biological. I served as an infantry officer in the British Army engaged in counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, and UN peacekeeping operations. During that time, I spent periods as a staff officer in scientific and technical appointments related to nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons and their means of delivery. I was also involved in international negotiations on related treaties and agreements, and I knew many of the diplomats, scientists, and engineers from bilateral and multilateral activities in both regional and global settings. This experience gave me a solid foundation on which to draw as the UN sought to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction.
I joined the commission in 1993, serving initially as one of 23 commissioners. This gave me an overview of the full range of the commission’s activities and some insight into higher-level political interactions. I also served as one of the chief inspectors, from 1993 to 1997, for the commission’s biological missions known as BW17, BW23, BW31, BW42, and BW48.
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