Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives
Identify, prioritize, and execute research and development projects that satisfy the needs of the interagency combating terrorism community to counter the employment of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials. Deliver capabilities to the community through rapid research, development, test, and evaluation.
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Subgroup identifies and prioritizes multi-agency user requirements and competitively seeks technological solutions for countering the terrorist employment of CBRNE materials. Through its participation in the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability and in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other Department of Defense components, the CBRNE Subgroup integrates technology requirements from the fire, hazardous materials, explosives detection, law enforcement, and emergency medical services communities into its process.
Threat Characterization and Attribution
Investigate the unique physical and chemical characteristics of threat materials, develop tools to determine the origin of a piece of CBRNE evidence, evaluate clandestine methods of CBRNE production, and assess the effects of decontamination on CBRNE evidence.
Develop equipment to counter the intentional and unintentional releases of CBRNE materials, to include decontamination and restoration.
Integrate shared information management tools to provide on-scene situational awareness.
Operationally enhance individual and collective protection performance while reducing cost. Develop decision support tools to allow operators to make protective equipment decisions based on field-generated physiological data.
Develop enabling technologies to detect threat materials and their precursors at trace levels.
Develop enabling technologies to detect threat materials and their precursors at bulk levels.
Proximity and Standoff Detection
Develop enabling technologies to detect threat materials and their precursors at proximity and standoff distances.