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Nanomaterials have the potential for significant and diverse impacts on human society. Better energy storage, more rapid computations, and lower power consumption are but a few innovations that can lead to considerable improvements in devices and products. Nanomaterials also have potential applications in the military and security sectors.

Suggested developments include garments designed to increase soldier survivability and camouflage against thermal detection, as well as new weapons and surveillance technologies.

This bulletin provides an introduction to possible military uses of nanomaterials, suggests some areas of concern, and recommends a number of measures for Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) states parties.

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November 2017


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