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

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Page 22 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 | 21 Edgewood Chem-Bio Threat Risk Reduction months. A team of CBARR field operators destroyed the Syrian chemical weapons at sea completely and safely in August and September 2014 in just 42 days, 20 days ahead of schedule. Following the historic deployment to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile aboard the MV Cape Ray in the Mediterranean Sea, CBARR supported the site setup, systemization, operation and warm shut-down of the PCAPP EDS. In one year, CBARR operators safely destroyed 560 overpacked chemical munitions which were unsuitable for destruction using the main plant's automated processing systems. This mission is the latest in CBARR's long history of EDS operations, working with CMA to reduce the U.S. stockpile over the past two decades. Currently, CBARR has field operations at nine sites globally. We're also proud that ECBC's Environmental Monitoring Laboratory (EML) recently became the first lab in the United States to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense' Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). The EML is staffed by CBARR employees and we use it for our testing of air and soil samples that come in from our field operations sending out near-real time results. CST & CBRNE: CBARR does some of the most dangerous work in the world. How do you manage to get the job done safely each time? Mr. Blades: CBARR manages complex, potentially high-risk chemical operations. Safely conducting sustained chemical operations requires an embedded safety culture in which each individual on the team takes ownership of their own safety as well as looking out for others on the team. CBARR adheres to toxic chemical agent safety standards issued by the Department Technicians from the Chemical Biological and Risk Reduction (CBARR) business unit at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) in Edgewood, MD, prepare a simulated chemical munition for testing of the DAVINCHLITE explosive destruction system (EDS). CBARR is facilitating developmental testing of the EDS, which has not been used in the U.S., through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between CBARR and Kobe Steel, owner of the DAVINCHLITE. (ECBC)

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