About Us

The establishment of the Network of ASEAN Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Defence Experts (“ASEAN CBR Network”) was adopted at the 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) in October 2018, to strengthen regional counter-terrorism (CT) preparedness and cooperation against CBR  threats. The ASEAN Defence Ministers recognised the importance for ASEAN defence establishments and militaries to play an active role in addressing non-traditional security challenges, and reaffirmed the ADMM’s commitment to step up cooperation and enhance regional CT capabilities, which encompass niche areas such as CBR defence.

The network aims to fulfil the following objectives: 

(a) To provide timely, adequate and effective assistance as part of an integrated response in the event of a regional CBR incident;

(b) To serve as a regional confidence building mechanism, and promote multilateral cooperation and coordination for the benefit of the region’s collective peace and security;

(c) To function as a single node for regional CBR defence experts to make contact, and share information, best practices, expertise and experiences on common CBR threats and hazards;  

(d) To encourage regional CBR defence experts to deepen professional links with peers from other ASEAN Member States, and to advance their knowledge and techniques for responding to CBR attacks;   

(e) To enhance regional safety, security, and safeguards through close cooperation with existing mechanisms at the regional framework, and in line with the implementation of relevant international instruments, standards and guidelines.

About Members

The ASEAN CBR Network comprises technical experts from the 10 ASEAN Member States. These technical experts actively contribute to the prevention of and protection against hazards posed by CBR materials.

About Partners

The ASEAN CBR Network aims to partner with international organisations and regional networks such as Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), European Union CBRN Centres of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), to deepen the network’s expertise. For a start, experts from these prominent organisations will be invited to share their experiences during the meetings, workshops and conferences organised by the ASEAN CBR Network.