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 8 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 | 7 Command Spotlight: U.S. Army 20th CBRNE law enforcement agencies from around North Carolina in Winston-Salem to learn from each other so they can solve problems in a more efficient and effective way. We also have EOD teams supporting the US Secret Service in support of the Very Important Person Protection Support Activity. For instance, in 2015 we deployed about a third of our EOD teams to support the United Nations General Assembly and the Pope's visit. We will have a seminary busy schedule with this year's Republican and Democratic conventions and the Presidential elections. Our CBRN units are also on a very short prepare to deploy window in support of homeland defense consequence management, which is called the Defense CBRN Response Force. In February almost 400 soldiers from the 21st, 59th, 172nd and 181st CBRN Companies participated in the DCRF rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana to assume the mission this summer. During the rotation, they trained with members from the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and numerous other agencies. The command also recently activated two Hazard Response Companies, the 10th Hazard Response Company at Fort Carson and the 45th Hazard Response Company at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. These CBRN companies will provide the DCRF with mass decontamination, CBRN reconnaissance, and site characterization capabilities. Training at JRTC and other DCRF related exercises such as Vibrant Response and Prominent Hunt enables more integration across the CBRN enterprise and increases the readiness of our first responders. Our Nuclear Disablement Teams and CBRN Response Teams are also on a short recall window for their National Technical Nuclear Forensics Ground Collection Task Force in support of the FBI and Department of Energy. Earlier this year in February they trained in Philadelphia to exercise the United States capability to collect radioactive evidence in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear detonation. The NDT mission set requires sensitive training at sites across the U.S. such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Savannah River Site and the Nevada National Security Site. These locations offer the NDTs a location to train with live radiation and understand the challenges and requirements of the nuclear fuel cycle assessment and characterization operations. It also allows the NDTs to become familiarized with this infrastructure which has not previously considered a potential target due to it being deep in the homeland. The threat of cyber attacks provides a means for terrorist and lone wolves to gain access to CBRN facilities and use them as potential weapon sites. Building Capability and Capacity Abroad This command is not only focused in the homeland. We build capability and capacity around the globe. To achieve this, the command is regionally aligned; the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) serves with I Corps in the Asia Pacific Region; the 48th CBRN Brigade operates with III Corps in Europe, Africa and the Middle East; and the 52nd Ordnance Group deploys with the XVIII Airborne Corps on Global Response Force Missions. First in Africa, soldiers from the 52nd Ordnance Group work with our African partners to share lessons learned from Afghanistan and Iraq to help our African partners with improvised explosive awareness training and counter-IED operations. This training is so successful that U.S. Army Africa wants to get approval to increase the training from a platoon sized element of

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