Brandi Vann, deputy assistant secretary for chemical and biological defense programs at the Department of Defense, said DOD is reassessing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN) amid emerging threats. Vann noted that there are new opportunities to leverage artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other emerging technologies for CBRN defense.Read More »
FLIR Systems has been awarded a $26 million Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement modification to support the U.S. Army’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade (NBCRV SSU) program. FLIR will serve as the lead integrator under the OTA. The company will work to modernize the Army’s NBCRV system with improved and autonomous CBRN sensors.Read More »
Senior government officials discussed a range of national concerns on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense during the National Defense Industrial Association’s CBRN Conference and Exhibition in Delaware, National Defense magazine reported Tuesday. Andrew Kilianski, chief intelligence officer at the joint program executive office for CBRN, said that focus must be shifted to emerging threats and potential attacks from near-peer adversaries.Read More »
The U.S. Air Force has developed a wearable mask designed to protect helicopter aircrew from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. The service branch said Thursday its Joint Service Aircrew Mask - Rotary Wing works to protect a user's ocular, percutaneous and respiratory systems and operates with night vision equipment. The mask features a removable faceplate and increased battery life over the previous Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection system. Users of the mask would also gain a field of view made for combat operations in CBRN environments. The U.S. Navy will also use the mask to replace the existing CBRN protection system assigned to HH-60G Pave Hawk and UH-1N Huey aircraft.
The Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division of the National Guard Bureau‘s Operations Directorate teamed up with other Defense Department agencies to develop a robotic chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident response capacity within the DoD. Malcolm Reese, joint program director of the Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, led an effort …Read More »
The U.S. Army has released a new doctrinal publication that describes how the service branch plans to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, the Federation of American Scientists reported Wednesday. The document titled “Combined Arms Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction” defines counter-WMD operations as measures taken against threat actors to impede …Read More »
The Defense Department‘s National Guard bureau has determined that 10 Homeland Response Force units are mission-ready for HRF operations when called upon. The Government Accountability Office said in a post released Tuesday the National Guard team performed an evaluation of necessary tasks and actions as well as DoD’s Defense Readiness Reporting System …Read More »
In recognition of the increasingly likelihood of a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) attack against the US, the White House released yesterday its National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats. The new strategy highlights the need for partnerships across sectors in the US and with the international community. The strategy …Read More »