Determining Core Capabilities in Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology

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National Academies Press, Jan 13, 2013 - Technology & Engineering - 150 pages
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The goal of the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) is to provide support and world-class capabilities enabling he U.S. Armed Forces to fight and win decisively in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) environments. To accomplish this objective, the CBDP must maintain robust science and technology capabilities to support the research, development, testing, and evaluation required for the creation and validation of the products the program supplies.

The threat from chemical and biological attack evolves due to the changing nature of conflict and rapid advances in science and technology (S&T), so the core S&T capabilities that must be maintained by the CBDP must also continue to evolve. In order to address the challenges facing the DoD, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a study to identify the core capabilities in S&T that must be supported by the program.

The NRC Committee on Determining Core Capabilities in Chemical and Biological Defense Research and Development examined the capabilities necessary for the chemical and biological defense S&T program in the context of the threat and of the program's stated mission and priorities. Determining Core Capabilities in Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology contains the committee's findings and recommendations. It is intended to assist the DASD CBD in determining the best strategy for acquiring, developing, and/or maintaining the needed capabilities.

 

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Contents

Acronyms
10
Summary
14
Introduction
28
Chapter 2 Framework and Structure
40
Core Science and Technology Capabilities for the Chemical and Biological Defense Program
52
Proposed Approach
94
Management of Science and Technology at CBDP
104
Schedule of DataGathering
128
Additional Thoughts on the Nature of the Chemical Threat
132
Frameworks of the CBDP Enterprise Elements
138
Relationship Comparison of CBDP Enterprise Frameworks to the Committees ST Capability Categories
140
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