Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SUM 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 17 of 35 16 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 NBC Threat Prevention Contamination Avoidance CST & CBRNE: Please speak briefly to your role and mission as JPM- NBC CA. COL Woods: My role is to ensure we strive toward our vision (Joint Warfighters, trained, confident and ready, achieving mission success through the use of obscuration and/or contamination avoidance capabilities in a chemical or biological threat environment) as we provide critical support to the Joint Warfighter. Key to achieving this vision are materiel solutions that not only meet needed performance requirements (driven from ever-changing threats), but combine ease of use and improved reliability with cost conscious, defense in-depth approaches. I want to get away from expensive, difficult to maintain, highly technical systems that require specialized operators in favor of simpler, less costly systems that are easier to operate and sustain; systems which are easily learned during training, that provide our Joint Warfighters with resolute confidence while operating under an imminent threat, and are fully operational when called upon are a necessity for future success. The JPM-NBC CA mission is to "Equip and sustain chemical and biological sensors, integrated reconnaissance systems and obscuration capability for our Joint Forces through tailored, cost effective, timely acquisition and services. Provide contamination avoidance products, test infrastructure capability and support services that focus on delivering capability to the Joint Warfighter in support of an ever changing real-world mission." Our success is measured by our Joint Warfighters' mission accomplishment through use of our provided capabilities. No matter the rigor, cost savings, technolog y or speed we achieve when fielding our products, our Warfighters must succeed in their mission with our products for us to be successful. CST & CBRNE: From an NBC detection perspective, speak to some focus areas that are driving the current mission set. COL Woods: We are looking across the spectrum of chemical detection needs as we develop the Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD). The need to detect Chemical Warfare Agents, Toxic Industrial Materials and Non Traditional Agents requires our detectors to perform at new levels. JPM-NBC CA worked closely with Warfighters to shape the NGCD capabilities to meet a wide range of mission profiles. The Warfighters identified four distinct needs, a Detector Alarm, a Survey Detector, a Sample Analysis Detector and an Individual Detector. The different NGCD capabilities will rapidly monitor areas for vapors and aerosols, scan surfaces for liquids and solids, and identif y and quantif y all states of matter as well as provide a small, lightweight self-worn sensor to indicate the presence of threat agents. The NGCD benefits include a lower false alarm rate, improved ergonomics, and more sensitivity than currently fielded detectors. Biological detection technolog y is making strides through smaller, cheaper and battery operable sensors that support a wider range of missions. As point sensors require a contaminated cloud to pass over them, cost, density and performance represent trade space. The Joint Biological Tactical Detection System's (JBTDS) detector is a compact, lightweight battery operable system utilizing inexpensive f luorescent light emitting diodes rather than expensive lasers. Modeling and simulation tools are helping us determine how utilizing JBTDS in combination with fewer strategically placed, technologically sensitive and more expensive systems provide the best and most cost effective solution for the Warfighter. This allows for a reduced number of expensive systems that work in concert with more simple and less costly systems, providing a defense in depth approach to arrive at the needed capability. The JBTDS will include detection, collection, and identification capabilities, as well as a base station for network monitoring and control. The Assessment of Environmental Detection (AED) Leg of the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition (JUPITR) Advanced Technolog y Demonstration (ATD) will demonstrate and transition the best operational concepts and technolog y solutions to the USFK to counter biological threats. A new start in FY17, the Enhanced Maritime Biological Detection (EMBD) program will leverage technolog y from the ATD to a program of record for the U.S. Nav y. It addresses Nav y biological detection and identification capability gaps, replacing the Nav y Joint Biological Point Detection Systems (JBPDS) while reducing sustainment costs. Streamlining Detection Proficiency CST & CBRNE had the opportunity to speak with COL Jeffrey Woods, Joint Project Manager, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM-NBC CA), Joint Program Executive Office-Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), regarding Joint efforts to advance proactive chem-bio threat detection.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine - SUM 2016