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Note that recent ACS and ACS-supported conferences have introduced the topic of chemistry relevant to such security issues (albeit broader than the topic of this original post), for example, the theme of "Chemistry and Global Security: Challenges and Opportunities" at the Fall 2009 meeting in Washington DC, and the new "Security" topical area at last December's Pacifichem 2010 conference. I expect topics in these areas will only increase as transportation, communication, trade, and interactions increase on a global scale (and bringing with them new potential threats as well).
Scientists Could Turn Natural Enzyme into Defense against Man-Made Nerve Agents (NIH/NINDS Press Release)
For more information, see
Gupta RD et al. “Directed evolution of hydrolases for prevention of G-type nerve agent intoxication.” Nature Chemical Biology, February 2011, Vol. 7, pp. 65-125. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21217689