Defending Against Biological and Chemical Attacks
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, formed just seven years ago, is on the forefront of developing cutting-edge defenses and protection for military service members against potential chemical and biological attacks. In the past year alone, the organization has fielded more than 1.3 million items of equipment to the military services, including protection masks, biological detectors, and chemical detectors. The organization is also involved in preparing our country to respond to potentially crippling pandemics, as demonstrated by its involvement in H1N1 research. Army Brig. Gen. Jess A. Scarbrough, the joint program executive officer for chemical and biological defense JPEO-CBD, spoke with Defense AT and L about the latest initiatives in the program office. Mike Kotzian, the DAU Mid-Atlantic Region acquisitionprogram management department chair, oversaw the development of this interview.