Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Summer 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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CST & CBRNE had the opportunity to speak with Adam Rogers, Chief, Chemical Test Branch Chemical Test Division, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), UT, regarding some current efforts in chemical and biological testing, contamination avoidance, decontamination, substance iden- tification, and partnering with industry. Also providing their expertise were Christopher Olson, Chief, Chemical Test Division and Tonya Ashment, Test Officer, Chemical Test Division. CST & CBRNE: Please discuss some current focus areas within the mission of Contamination Avoidance (CA), including the development of methods over the years. Mr. Rogers: The chemical and biological defense mission at Dugway Proving Ground involves testing and evaluating defensive equipment designed for protecting those that enter harm's way in defense of our Nation. These protection items are developed within the Department of Defense's Chemical and Biological Defense Program acquisition system. A need is identified by our defenders, requirements are tailored to the need, the materiel developer begins working with industry and government entities to provide a materiel and non-materiel solution. Dugway is part of these acquisition partners, providing threat-realistic use scenarios with chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, and simulants to offer development and operational performance data to those deciding the value and risk reduction capabilities of the new materiel solution. Innovation of new equipment frequently occurs during the acquisition process, as the research and development activities provide materiel solutions to protection require- ments in a field environment. The developers bring the equipment to Dugway for testing. Dugway's innovation is then driven by the threat definition and the technology used in the materiel solution to protect our military and citizens. In many instances, the battlefield, or anticipated threat, is well known and sometimes consistent while the technology to protect a nation's defender changes. Dugway provides testing resources and apparatus, using state-of-the-art instrumentation and novel methods, to provide performance data of the materiel solution. These data are then used to determine effectiveness of the proposed materiel solution. As a result of its role in acquisition efforts, Dugway innovates test instrumentation systems and test methods; these systems remain at Dugway for the test and evaluation mission. Those materiel solutions that will eventually see real-world use pass-through the boundaries of Dugway on their way through the acquisition process. Exciting progress is being made in these T&E capabilities in areas such as liquid and solid chemical aerosol detection and identification, inviting National Guard PROVING OUT THE CHEM BIO HAZARD Adam Rogers Chief, Chemical Test Branch Chemical Test Division Ricky Brown, a Jacobs contractor, operates a HAPSITE ER chemical detector inside a sealed, filtered glove box during Common Analytical Laboratory System (CALS) testing at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Photo by Al Vogel / Dugway Proving Ground Public Affairs THREAT READINESS ENHANCING ID AND DECON 24 | S&B / CST & CBRNE | Summer 2017

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