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Subject: AFMIC WEEKLY WIRE

Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence







TO FACILITATE ELECTRONIC ACCESS, THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN

REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN

TO GULF WAR ILLNESS ISSUES OR THAT IS CLASSIFIED. A COPY OF

THIS REDACTED DOCUMENT, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS AVAILABLE ON

REQUEST.







OCT 91







FM DIRAFMIC FT DETRICK MD //AFMIC-ZA//







SUBJ: AFMIC WEEKLY WIRE 42-91 (U)









1. GENERAL

THIS MESSAGE CONSISTS OF SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL, AND GENERAL

MEDICAL INTELLIGENCE. IT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A TIMELY SUMMARY

OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS. THE REMARKS ARE

PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO REVISION AND DO NOT NECESSARILY

REPRESENT AN AGREED DOD POSITION.

2.          TABLE OF CONTENTS (U)

A.          IRAQ: CLOSTRIDIUM PERFRINGENS SPORE AND EPSILON

TOXIN INVESTIGATED AS BIOLOGICAL WARFARE (BW) AGENT (U)







3.          INTELLIGENCE FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS

A.          IRAQ: CLOSTRIDIUM PERFRINGENS SPORE AND EPSILON

TOXIN INVESTIGATED AS BIOLOGICAL WARFARE (BW) AGENT







COMMENT:          FOR THE MOSTPART, BW AGENTS BEING DEVELOPED BY

IRAQ ARE WELL-KNOWN CLASSICAL AGENTS SUCH AS ANTHRAX AND BOTULINUM

TOXIN. SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE ABOUNDS WITH TECHNICAL INFORMATION

THAT IS PERTINENT TO DEVELOPMENT OF THESE AGENTS FOR BW PURPOSES.

THIS ABUNDANCE OF INFORMATION WOULD BE EXPECTED GREATLY TO SHORTEN

THE TIME REQUIRED TO DEVELOP A BW AGENT, AND IS BELIEVED TO BE

AMONG THE MAIN RATIONALES FOR IRAQ'S SELECTION OF ANTHRAX AND

BOTULINUM TOXIN AS BW AGENTS' HOWEVER, LITTLE SUCH TECHNICAL

INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE TO INDICATE THE SUITABILITY OF C.

PERFRINGENS OR ITS TOXINS FOR USE AS BW AGENTS.







END OF MESSAGE







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