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Profile: Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD)

Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) was a participant or observer in the following events:

As part of Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD), the US military sprays nerve or chemical agents “on a variety of ships and their crews to gauge how quickly the poisons can be detected and how rapidly they would disperse, as well as to test the effectiveness of protective gear and decontamination procedures….” According to documents released in 2002, there is no evidence that the servicemen had given the military consent to be part of the experiment. (Shanker and Broad 5/24/2002) The US military later claims the experiments were conducted “out of concern for [the United States’] ability to protect and defend against these potential threats.” (Aldinger 10/10/2002; US Department of Defense 10/31/2002)

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