Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Defense - Thematic Research

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Defense - Thematic Research


Despite the existence of a broadly accepted regime of international agreements for preventing the development, stockpiling, proliferation and use of certain CBRNE weapons, terrorist groups and some states are keen on having these weapons and substances and increasing their stockpiles. CBRNE threats still pose severe challenges to military operations and homeland security due to their disruptive, destructive, and potentially devastating effects. Moreover, expanding urbanization and global industrialization create broader risks and threats, such as the accidental release of toxic industrial materials and nuclear leaks or their deliberate misuse. Therefore, defense and security forces take these threats into consideration continuous and seek innovative and robust passive defense and mitigation measures with companies to enable the troops to continue effective military operations in a CBRN environment and protect civilian life and infrastructures.

The Covid-19 Pandemic illustrated how the world is vulnerable and unprepared for potential CBRNE threats. In the wake of the Covid 19 experience, demand for counter CBRNE research investments and procurements are expected to grow. In order to increase reaction time against the threats and mitigate their adverse effects, breakthrough technologies such as AI, internet of things (IoT), advanced materials, nanotechnology and remote sensing will be leveraged in novel CBRNE solutions.

This report focuses on CBRNE Defense, which can be split into seven segments - Detection and identification, protection, decontamination, disposal, software, simulation and training, and consultancy and system design.


  • Because the detection and identification of CBRNE threats is an expensive, meticulous, dangerous and painful endeavour for CBRNE protection forces, countries seek novel solutions.
  • The prevalence of terrorism worldwide increases the risk that terrorist strategies will evolve from traditional methods such as suicide attacks to biological, chemical, radioactive and nuclear attacks, which are potentially much more dangerous.
  • The CBRNE defense market is mainly driven by potential terrorist attack threats and hostile neighboring countries in the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern regions.
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  • Executive summary
  • Players
    • Table Figure 1: Who are the leading players in the CBRNE defense theme and where do they sit in the value chain?
  • Thematic briefing
    • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives
      • Table Figure 2: CBRNE agents and materials can pose lethal or non-lethal risks and threats to humans and animals.
  • Trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Defense and security trends
      • Table Defense and security trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Market size and growth forecasts
      • Table Figure 3: The global CBRN defense market is estimated to value US$12.5 billion in 2021.
      • Table Figure 4: CBRN detection and protection account for 62% of the market during the forecast period
    • Market drivers
    • CBRNE companies' services
      • Table CBRNE companies' services
    • Mergers and acquisitions
      • Table Mergers and acquisitions
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 5: The CBRNE story
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 6: The CBRNE value chain
    • Detection and identification
      • Table Figure 7: The CBRNE defense value chain- Detection and identification: leaders and challengers
    • Protection
      • Table Figure 8: The CBRNE defense value chain - Protection: leaders and challengers
    • Decontamination
      • Table Figure 9: The CBRNE defense value chain - Main decontamination types
      • Table Figure 10: The CBRNE defense value chain - Decontamination: leaders and challengers
    • Disposal
      • Table Figure 11: The CBRNE defense value chain - Disposal: leaders and challengers
    • Software
      • Table Figure 12: The CBRNE defense value chain - Softwarel: leaders and challengers
    • Simulation and training
      • Table Figure 13: The CBRNE defense value chain - Simulation and training: leaders and challengers
    • Consultancy and system design
      • Table Figure 14: The CBRNE defense value chain - Consultancy and system design: leaders and challengers
  • Companies
    • Leaders in CBRNE Defense
      • Table Leaders in CBRNE Defense
    • Challengers in CBRNE Defense
      • Table Challengers in CBRNE Defense
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Further reading
    • GlobalData reports
      • Table GlobalData reports
  • Our thematic research methodology
    • Table Figure 15: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
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