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SUM 2016

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tacticaldefensemedia.com 20 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 Edgewood Chem-Bio Threat Risk Reduction CST & CBRNE: Please speak to your role as director of operations for CBARR and some primary focus areas. Mr. Blades: Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) Business Unit provides investigation, remediation, recovery, storage and destruction operations. Our field operations are primarily on formerly used defense sites (FUDS), where chemical munitions are suspected of having been used in the past and may either be stored or buried at the site. We work active installations as well, providing cleanup on sites that will be repurposed. We have customers in the U.S. and around the world. I oversee a highly skilled workforce of more than 200 personnel with PRP workforce of more than 200 personnel with PRP (Personal (P workforce of more than 200 personnel with PRP (Personal l workforce of more than 200 personnel with PRP (Personal Reliability Program) certification, located at Edg Reliability Program) certification, located at Edgewood and in our field offices at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkans our field offices at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas. CST & CBRNE: You have worked at CBARR for more than 40 years. How has CBARR's mission changed over time? Mr. Blades: Our mission has changed in align Mr. Blades: Our mission has changed in alignment with our country's needs. Aberdeen Proving Ground has country's needs. Aberdeen Proving Ground has served as a chemical weapons facility for the Army since th chemical weapons facility for the Army since the installation opened in 1917. During that time, the installatio opened in 1917. During that time, the installation has been both a chemical agent manufacturing facility and a re a chemical agent manufacturing facility and a research center focused on discovering the latest technology to protect the warfighter. At the height of the Cold War, when the U.S. felt the threat of the former Soviet Union, we ramped up production for a short period in the 1970s. But overall, the installation has been concentrated on eliminating chemical weapons and agents throughout the world. Thanks to the Chemical Weapons Convention and other treaties that the U.S. and numerous countries have signed and adhere to, that threat is disappearing. It's our job to make sure what has been left behind has been destroyed in a safe, environmentally sound manner. Our goal is to rid the world of chemical munitions stockpiles. We now take great pride in implementing those treaties, to reduce the risk of chem-bio threats. CST & CBRNE: How has CBARR evolved to meet the growing chem-bio threat worldwide? Mr. Blades: We are constantly evaluating and refining procedures and processes for our mainstay operations – investigations, remediation, discovery and destruction – and we are utilizing existing capabilities in new and exciting ways. The CB community is more prevention oriented now and we're meeting that need with the services we provide, such as readiness preparation for first and secondary responders whom we train on what to do when a chemical agent lab is discovered in a home, business or other public area. We're also becoming a resource for other agencies who need to ramp up their capabilities. CST & CBRNE: How is CBARR managing joint coordination efforts with other agencies in the chem- bio community? Mr. Blades: A majority of our projects come from the Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Huntsville Center, which is responsible for handling cleanup efforts at former chemical munitions sites around the country. When chemical agent is suspected to be found at a site, CBARR is called in to provide support with air and soil monitoring, environmental sampling and laboratory services. CBARR has a longstanding, trusted relationship with the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity l relationship with the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity i relationship with the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity hi relationship with the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity i relationship with the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity h relationship with the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA), specifically the Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate lly (CMA), specifically the Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate the Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate (RCMD), which is responsible for a significant number of WMD s (RCMD), which is responsible for a significant number of WMD responsible for a significant number of WMD destruction projects. We also have a successful relationship with cts. destruction projects. We also have a successful relationship with We also have a successful relationship with the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons cutive the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO-ACWA), which oversees the Pueblo Chemical O-ACWA), Alternatives (PEO-ACWA), which oversees the Pueblo Chemical which oversees the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Explosive Destruction System n Pilot Plant Explosive Destruction System (PCAPP EDS) in Colorado, where CBARR wrapped up the first Colorado, where CBARR wrapped up the first phase of operations earlier this year. Our shared resources and ns phase of operations earlier this year. Our shared resources and earlier this year. Our shared resources and network of partners continue to strengthen with each mission. ers network of partners continue to strengthen with each mission. continue to strengthen with each mission. CST & CBRNE: CBARR has received a host of awards for the unit's work on the Cape Ray mission and on other projects as well. Please speak to CBARR's recent successes. Mr. Blades: CBARR responded to a critical diplomatic need to develop and field a means of destroying Syria's declared stockpile of chemical weapons at sea in international waters. Through innovative design, ECBC engineers miniaturized the capabilities of an 18-acre factory facility into a system that could fit in the hold of a ship. The system was further modified to operate while the ship was pitched by waves. These modifications were designed and the system completed in an unprecedented six Reducing the Threat Risk CST & CBRNE had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Tim Blades, Director of Operations for the Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) Business Unit, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), Aberdeen, MD, regarding current efforts to mitigate incident hazards.

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