Making a difference


As part of the Center for Global Security & Cooperation, GCBS is dedicated to exceptional service in the national interest, participating in global technical engagements on behalf of the U.S. Government, non-governmental organizations, and international health and security entities. We focus on solving technical problems, pursuing cooperative programmatic approaches with our partners, and achieving internationally sustainable results.

Algeria virtual COVID-19 training for first responders and law enforcement 

This training is designed to provide participants with foundational knowledge for responding to emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This training will assist Algerian first responder and law enforcement agencies in developing safe response protocols that limit the risk of infection for members of the workforce.




North and West Africa BRM Trainers Networks

GCBS was tasked by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Biological Threat Reduction Program to create the North and West Africa Biorisk Management (BRM) Trainers Networks. These networks provide a baseline understanding of BRM and a regional forum on the development of BRM training and its implementation challenges. This initiative began in 2018 with the creation of the North Africa Network. The participants went through a series of trainings on BRM and BRM training techniques and were given access to the SNL Global Biorisk Management Curriculum library. The participants have gone on to train over 1000 laboratory workers at their home institutions; many have been co-trainers for the West Africa Network. Each network is comprised of approximately 40 trainers from over 20 countries. Due to its success, Sandia is in the process of expanding these networks to Central and East Africa.



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In collaboration with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Journal of Chemical Education, Dr. Andrew W. Nelson from the GCBS Group and Dr. Peter Hotchkiss (formerly GCBS, currently Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) served as Guest Editors on a Special Issue in Chemical Security. This multiyear effort was intended to serve as a global forum and sounding board for ideas, lessons, and approaches to chemical security education.

Within the Special Issue, readers will find articles on history, ethics, policy, attitudes and practices, laboratory experiments, mitigation approaches, and emerging issues. The following is an excerpt from the editorial “Introducing the Journal of Chemical Education’s Special Issue on Chemical Security.” DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00495




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In early 2019, the OPCW held a 3-day forum to identify tools for safety and security for the chemical community. Over 20 international experts came together in The Hague, where they identified numerous tools and resources for available teaching and research laboratories and large industries. Through plenary discussions and small groups, the international panel of experts identified that there is a significant gap in resources tailored towards SMEs. Collectively the group determined to draft non-binding guidelines for chemical safety and security designed specifically for SMEs.

Dr. Andrew W. Nelson (GCBS) was appointed as the Rapporteur of the Drafting Committee. Writing and development of the guidelines began in spring and summer of 2019. The panel reconvened in Almaty, Kazakhstan in December 2019 to finalize the drafting of this document. This will be the first document of its kind to organize safety and security guidelines side-by-side in the structure of a chemical risk management system. The collective effort of the international panel will provide a much needed resource for SMEs around the world.  

Self-paced chemical inventory management and CMS© software training

Using the CGSC Learning Portal powered by MATRIX LMS, we have remotely trained over 100 scientists from Jordan, Mali, Malaysia, and Yemen. This dynamic asynchronous online learning is designed to build chemical inventory management capacity at academic institutions. The training program includes self-paced eLearning modules, homework, activities, quizzes, question and answer sessions, and feedback surveys. Currently, the course is offered in the English, Arabic, and French languages.