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SPR 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 29 of 35 28 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 Tech Spotlight Mass Spectrometry Tragic events, like the recent attack in Brussels, serve as a reminder to the responder community about the evolving array of modern threats society is currently facing. Extremist groups continue to develop explosive and chemical emission devices that are increasingly difficult to detect by employing everyday household items in their manufacture. These developments signify the imminent need to equip first responders with fieldable technologies that effectively detect and identify a wide range of explosive and chemical threats. A new technique called high- pressure mass spectrometry™ (HPMS) has made this possible by bringing mass spec analysis capabilities into the field. Powered by HPMS, M908™ is a threat- focused handheld tool that brings laboratory chemical detection and identification capabilities directly to the point of need. With a focus on priority chemical warfare agents, toxic industry chemicals, precursors, and some explosives, M908 analyzes solids, liquids and vapors from trace to bulk quantities within seconds. The selectivity and sensitivity of HPMS allows M908 to detect low-level quantities of critical threats amongst a myriad of interferents that often plague other devices. As the mission expands, so must the toolkit. M908 plays a critical role in the future of threat detection, providing the actionable answers needed to protect first responders in the field. Next-Level Detect and ID December 9 - 10, 2016 Los Angeles Convention Center Come Fly With Us The Nations' Premier All-Hazards Conference for Emergency Management, Public Safety and Industry Emergency Preparedness & Hazmat Response Conference November 1-4, 2016 Sponsored by PA Region 13 Task Force in partnership with US DHS/Infrastructure Protection Educational Sessions, Hands-On Training, Networking and Exhibit Hall w w w.emergenc Sheraton Station Square Pittsburgh, PA By John Kenneweg, 908 Devices

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