The Army's selection, announced on July 29, 1998, calls for the Startech team to demonstrate the safe and irreversible destruction of the three principal chemical warfare agents; VX nerve agent, the suffocant agent GB, and the blistering agent
The country has hundreds of tons of various chemical agents, including sarin and VX nerve agents, as well as older blistering agents
such as mustard gas, dispersed in dozens of manufacturing and storage sites, experts say.
The United States manufactured thousands of tons of nerve gas, blistering agents
and other poisons, simply because the Soviet Union was known to be doing the same.
The advent of such blistering agents
as mustard gas, which causes painful burns necessitating medical attention even in low doses, marked the first chemical weapons to produce a significant military effect.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it would notify 20,000 veterans of the 1991 Gulf War - four times more than previously announced - that they might have been exposed to nerve gas and blistering agents
when a battalion of U.