Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Spring 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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Page 6 of 35 Detecting chem-bio threats Ensuring sensor and PPE efficacy Advancing medical countermeasures Improving armor and energetics Modeling WMD risks numerous local, state and federal agencies which will present a natural disaster scenario. "This exercise will test our readiness for addressing the emergency threat in multiple environments, primarily land and water," said DiNenna. "An exercise coming up later this year in Norfolk, VA for Maritime Training will involve coordination with the University of Nebraska and first responders for readiness in a maritime setting." In all scenarios involving detection and analysis of present threats, communications readiness, both technical and tactical, across all levels of first response from local law enforcement up to Department of Homeland Security Homeland Response Forces (HRFs) is essential to an integrated effort. "To ensure capabilities are fully and properly employed, maintaining and establishing professional relationships, through training, exercises and operations, is critical," DiNenna stressed. "Prior established relationships promote confidence, minimize the 'fog' associated with the startup of operations, provide realistic expectations for decision makers, and ultimately provide the incident commander the product required to resolve the situation". The 32nd can deploy as a full team or in sections. This flexibility provides civil authorities the option to request only those capabilities required and to configure the appropriate response. "The 32nd is not a one size fits all capability," DiNenna stressed. "For example, if it's determined an incident commander requires only a communications cell or operations center, we can deploy the Unified Command Suite (UCS) and or the Mobile Tactical Operations Centers (MTOC)." Answering Increasing Demand The 32nd CST's OPTEMPO has increased significantly in recent years. DiNenna equates this to the increase of awareness about the CST amongst federal, state, and local authorities. "As federal, state and local agencies have learned more about CST capabilities, they've become more interested in leveraging the CST asset in boosting national readiness for potential attack scenarios. That said, this has put more pressure on us to be ready to deploy elements of the team to different locations in support of different response needs." In order to ensure his team is always ready, DiNenna has focused on training in various environments and by alternate means of deployment. This August, the 32nd CST will exercise airlift capability and deploy to Puerto Rico to engage in a coordinated training exercise dealing with CBRN incident that covers multiple operational periods and requires the relief in place of an entire team. "CSTs rely heavily upon each other, from personnel and equipment support, to the conducting of multi-CST training, exercises, and operations," he informed. "When CSTs from different geographic regions work together, vast amounts of information are shared from their respective operational experiences, uses of equipment, and standing operational guidelines." "Perhaps the largest challenge we face in an asymmetric threat-dominated world is identifying emerging threats before they manifest into actual crises," DiNenna added. "We're always working to better countermine efforts from potential adversaries with sound decisions in terms of readiness so that resources are not just maximized but localized when and where they are needed." ENHANCING INTEROPERABILITY MD 32nd WMD-CST Spring 2017 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | 5

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