| by CTEC

Associate Professor and Acting Program Chair of the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program Philipp C. Bleek and MA NPTS student Cyrus Jabbari published in May on the chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons implications of emerging microfluidics technology through the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

As they summarize, “Microreactors, miniature chemical plants that have been in development for over a decade, are still an emerging technology, and we are only beginning to understand their implications. They have significant potential to both enable and counter chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons threats. Their likely use for WMD purposes is currently limited to states that already possess sophisticated capabilities in the relevant chemical, biological, or nuclear domains, but down the road they are likely to have implications for both less sophisticated state and non-state actor threats. They already have implications for state efforts to defend against these threats. As this technology inevitably advances, the challenges and opportunities it entails will only grow. Policymakers and analysts have opportunities now to get ahead of, or at least less behind, the significant and growing implications of this emerging technology.”