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Reassessing the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Enterprise

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Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear CBRN Response Enterprise CRE is the Department of Defenses contribution to the whole of government approach for a CBRN incident response within the United States. The CRE now exceeds 18,000 personnel and has several specialized capabilities to meet its mandated requirements. It is now practical to reassess the CRE. Even though support to disaster response does not need a wholesale revision, it is worthwhile and prudent to make changes to the CRE to increase efficiencies by reducing the force structure and amending the training program. Recommendations to increase efficiencies include changing documented requirements, ending the concept of specialization, and eliminating the three two-star headquarters. Further considerations include the elimination of exercise Vibrant Response and the allocated forces for the Command and Control CBRN Response Elements C2CREs. Lastly, the discontinuation of any technical search and rescue training for elements within the CRE will also increase effectiveness.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Safety Engineering
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

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