Information Paper

The Fox NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle

Information Papers are reports of what we know today about military, procedures and equipment used during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This particular information paper focuses on the Fox NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle. The purpose of this paper is to give the reader a basic understanding of how the Fox works to facilitate understanding of cases involving the Fox. This is not an investigative report, but a vehicle to provide background information on a chemical detection device used in several cases currently being investigated. This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the use of the Fox NBC Reconnaissance Vehicles during the Gulf War as well as specific incidents such as alarms and detections. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:



Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense



Last Update: July 29, 1997


Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War Illnesses. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense (DoD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate all possible causes of Gulf War Illnesses. On 12 November 1996, responsibility for these investigations was assumed by the Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD), Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI) which has continued to gather information on the Fox NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle. Its interim report is contained here.

As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of this effort, DoD is publishing on the Internet and elsewhere accounts related to possible causes of Gulf War Illnesses, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the account. The information paper that follows, which describes the Fox NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle used during the Gulf War, will aid in understanding incidents involving these vehicles.




The MM-1 Mobile Mass Spectrometer

Taking a Sample
The Wheel/Hi Method
The Air/Hi Method
The Surface/Lo Method
The Initial Search For Chemical Agents
Minimizing Alarm Errors
The Fox Tapes
Operational Employment During Operation Desert Storm
Observations from Desert Storm

Tab A - Acronyms
Tab B - Bibliography
Tab C - Fox Chemical Library And Parameter Settings
End Notes


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