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European Definitions

In nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) environments, the act of locating CBRN hazards or discovering or perceiving the presence of biological agents, diseases, etc. [1]

National Definitions


Detection: The monitoring and analyzing of system events in order to identify unauthorized attempts to access system resources. [2]

Détection: Surveillance et analyse des événements système en vue de relever les tentatives d’accès non autorisées aux ressources d’un système. [3]


Detektion: Fachsprachlich für das Aufspüren, Feststellen. [4]

United States

1. In tactical operations, the perception of an object of possible military interest but unconfirmed by recognition.
2. In surveillance, the determination and transmission by a surveillance system that an event has occurred.
3. In arms control, the first step in the process of ascertaining the occurrence of a violation of an arms control agreement.
4. In chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environments, the act of locating chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazards by use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detectors or monitoring and/or survey teams (source: JP 3-11). [5]

See also


  1. European Commission's CBRN Glossary, 2012
  2. Glossary - Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
  3. Glossaire - Centre Canadien pour la Cybersécurité
  4. Glossar, Das Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK)
  5. Joint Publication 1-02: Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (2016)