Amid the war in Syria, many in the U.S. are turning to technology to help fight the threat.
War industries board chair John C. Smith says the industry is the biggest sector in the country that’s benefitted from the technology boom.
“The way it’s worked in the past, it’s been a lot of the same old stuff,” Smith said.
Smith said he’s hopeful that new technology could eventually help reduce the cost of producing the bombs used by the Assad regime.”
I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to think that we could see this as an industry that’s really going to grow in the next decade.”
Smith said he’s hopeful that new technology could eventually help reduce the cost of producing the bombs used by the Assad regime.
The U.N. and other experts have said the regime’s use of chemical weapons has led to the deaths of more than 100,000 people.
Smith says the Assad government has not been using chemical weapons.
“In fact, they’ve been putting them away, and they have stockpiles of them,” he said.
“If we get the technology to develop, it would eliminate the need to use chemical weapons, and it would also create jobs.”
The technology to make chemical weapons is available from companies in Europe and elsewhere.
Smith said he was surprised that most of the technology for making chemical weapons was in the hands of a single company.
“They’re just trying to keep their profits going,” he told The Hill.
“We don’t have a lot, so it’s not a lot that we’re looking at.
But there are some things we could look at.”
The industry has grown exponentially since the war began.
The number of weapons produced per year jumped from just over 100 in 2013 to over 2,000 in 2017.
And the number of bombs manufactured per year has increased from a low of just over 200 in 2014 to more than 2,500 in 2017, according to the Arms Control Association.
Some experts say there’s little evidence that Syria’s use has contributed to the rise in the number or number of chemical attacks.