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Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives

Focus Areas

CBRNE Characterization and Attribution

Systematically investigate and identify the unique physical and chemical characteristics of CBRNE materials; develop tools to determine the origin of CBRNE agents and materials; and evaluate clandestine methods of chemical and biological agent and homemade explosives production.

Consequence Management

Develop CBRN decontamination solutions, tools, and techniques; develop decision support tools which analyze, aggregate, and integrate multi-source data to provide enhanced on-scene situational awareness and risk assessment capabilities for CBRNE response; and develop training solutions to enhance the operational effectiveness of CBRNE operators.


Develop respiratory and dermal protective equipment to minimize exposure to CBRN materials while operationally enhancing individual performance; enhance shelter-in-place capabilities; and develop materials, tools, and techniques for hydration systems in compromised environments.

Detection and Identification

Develop equipment, tools, and techniques to sample, detect, and identify trace (gases, vapors, and non-visible amounts of solid and liquid) and bulk (microgram and higher amounts of solid and liquid) amounts of CBRNE threat materials at point, proximity (inches), and standoff (meters to kilometers) distances in both fixed and on-the-move configurations.


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