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  •  Given that they're already proportioned... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I don't think that mixing is all that difficult.  They aren't working from scratch, after all...

    Even the 1980s artillery shell the US manufactured (and later destroyed) was ridiculously simple in this regard.  The shell had two chambers; it was transported and stored with one compartment loaded, while the second compartment was to be loaded immediately before firing.  There was no measuring, no "difficult to put together correctly and safely" about it.

    We've also created chemical rockets of much simpler design(s).

    Given that the components are premeasured and already compartmentalized, it would be ridiculously simple to transport those charges elsewhere and use a different method of delivery.

    Put it this way - the things are designed such that the typical artilleryman can transport, load and arm them.  No pun intended, but it isn't rocket science.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:38:02 PM PDT

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    •  You are assuming the munitions have already (0+ / 0-)

      been designed and manufactured. My comments were based on terrorists having to fabricate everything from scratch.

      I believe that the CW storage areas in Syria are being carefully monitored by the US, Israeli and Russia. I doubt that Assad would use the stuff within the country.

      The Russians analyzed the sarin from the Khan al-Assal attack on March 19 and found it did not contain the chemical stabilizers normally found in the charge. Another difference was the opening charge was not explosives of the type the military used.

      It will be interesting to see the results from the recent attack.

      Put it this way - the things are designed such that the typical artilleryman can transport, load and arm them.  No pun intended, but it isn't rocket science.
      But it would take a lot of rocket science to design and manufacture all the components as well as the delivery system to get it to that stage. A trained specialist could use the munitions but only in the proscribed manner. It would be very difficult to re-purpose the munitions in such a manner as to be effective.

      We've been hearing about threats of terrorist's getting and using CW's for many decades.

      •  It's really about command and control. (0+ / 0-)

        If Assad's forces are using chemical weapons, then those delivery systems (be they artillery rounds, 122mm chemical rockets, or whatever) have, in all likelihood been released to subordinate, or even local, commanders.

        If that's the case, then they're subject to theft, rogue use, etc. as soon as they leave the storage depot.  

        THAT is the escalation of which I speak.  I completely agree that fabricating these things from scratch is not a simple matter, but if you can simply steal/bribe/whatever your way to one of those chemical rockets or CW artillery warheads, it's a simple matter to break it down into parts (including the separate binary components) and go from there.

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:39:18 PM PDT

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