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Project 112 News Releases

The following is a list of press releases for Project 112.

June 30, 2003 - SHAD - Project 112 - Deseret Test Center Investigation Draws To A Close
The Department of Defense completed today its nearly three-year investigation of operational tests conducted in the 1960s. These tests were known to some as "Project SHAD," which was in fact a subset of "Project 112." Project 112 tests were conducted under the auspices of the Deseret Test Center, at Fort Douglas, Utah. Investigators have been able to confirm that the Deseret Test Center planned 134 operational tests; 50 are confirmed to have been conducted and 84 were canceled.

December 31, 2002 - DoD corrects data on SHAD test "High Low"
Since the Department of Defense began investigating the operational shipboard hazard and defense tests in September 2000, it has released fact sheets on 42 of the 46 shipboard and land-based tests. The Deseret Test Center test known as "High Low" was among the most recent fact sheets released in October 2002. Soon after the release, DoD received important phone calls from concerned veterans who thought the reported test dates were in error.

October 31, 2002 - DoD Releases Five Project 112 SHAD Fact Sheets
The Department of Defense today released five new detailed fact sheets on Cold War-era chemical and biological warfare tests conducted in support of Project 112. Project 112 was a comprehensive program initiated in 1962 out of concern for our nation's ability to protect and defend against these potential threats. With the publication of this information, DoD has released 45 fact sheets for 41 of 46 tests known to have been conducted by the Deseret Test Center.

October 9, 2002 - DoD Releases Deseret Test Center/Project 112/Project SHAD Fact Sheets
The Department of Defense today released another 28 detailed fact sheets on 27 Cold War-era chemical and biological warfare tests identified as Project 112. Project 112 was a comprehensive program initiated in 1962 out of concern for our ability to protect and defend against these potential threats.

July 9, 2002 - DoD expands SHAD investigation
The Department of Defense announced today an expansion of the Shipboard Hazard and Defense investigation. A team of investigators will travel to Dugway Proving Ground in mid-August to review Deseret Test Center records.

May 23, 2002 - DoD releases Project SHAD fact sheets
The Department of Defense today released detailed fact sheets on six Cold War-era chemical and biological warfare tests. Release of the information is part of an on-going effort to provide information needed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to respond to some veterans' claims that tests conducted in the 1960s affected their health. A DoD investigative team found that simulants were used in lieu of chemical and biological warfare agents in many of these tests, but a number did involve the use of actual chemical and biological warfare agents.

May 23, 2002 - DoD releases six new Project SHAD fact sheets
The Department of Defense released detailed fact sheets on six Cold War-era chemical and biological warfare tests. Release of the information is part of an on-going effort to provide information needed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to respond to some veterans’ claims that tests conducted in the 1960s affected their health. With the publication of these fact sheets, information on 12 tests have been evaluated and released for your review.

January 4, 2002 - DoD Releases Information on 1960 tests
In the 1960s, the Department of Defense conducted a series of chemical and biological warfare vulnerability tests on naval ships known collectively as Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense. Over the past 10 years, some individual veterans expressed concern to the Department of Veterans Affairs that their participation in these tests may have exposed them to harmful substances.

January 4, 2002 - No Small Feat
The ongoing investigation into the Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense, or SHAD, tests is a detective story worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Finding the historical records of these tests is complicated by the fact that in the 1960s, joint operations were not so common. The U.S. Army planned the SHAD tests, but only a few Army boats were involved. For the most part the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps conducted the tests with assistance from the Air Force.