Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

WIN 2016-2017

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

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defense architecture. Today, the National Guard has 57 Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams, 17 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Packages, and 10 regionally aligned Homeland Response Forces. Each provides depth and flexibility to our ability to respond. One of our best methods to foster inter- agency partner relationships is joint par- ticipation in exercises. We utilize annual NLEs (National-Level Exercises) to improve interagency communication, coordinate response efforts, and assess overall capa- bilities while identifying any gaps. We are currently in the planning stages for Ardent Century 2017, a FEMA-led NLE focused on prevention, response, and recovery from a WMD in NYC. The coordination efforts that go into these major exercises will go a long way in ensuring shared situational aware- ness between federal, state and local first responders. S&BP: Has NGB done any work with industry in terms of innovative technology for first responders and law enforcement? Gen. Lengyel: Innovation in the National Guard, and the military as a whole, is critical to confronting the evolving threats and challenges we are facing now and will face in the future. We have to keep up because the alternative of remaining stagnant would have devastating effects. This is the reason the Department of Defense set up such organizations as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental – which tackles some of our most pressing threats and challenges in partnership with industry operating at the forefront of technology. The National Guard has learned valuable lessons about the kind of equipment and skills needed for domestic response. For Detecting chem-bio threats Ensuring sensor and PPE efficacy Advancing medical countermeasures Improving armor and energetics Modeling WMD risks Gen. Joseph Lengyel addresses members of the Vermont Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing in Burlington. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE Winter 2016/2017 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | 13

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