The Chemical Corps in Transition -- Visioning for the Future
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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It is 1991, and just like the late 1970s, the United States Army Chemical Corps is in the midst of a transition -- one that will determine the viability of the Corps in the future. In the late 70s and the 80s, the Chemical Corps based its primary operational missions on the Soviet nuclear, biological and chemical threat. That threat is now diminishing and a new threat is emerging -- the third world. There are many hard questions that have to be asked, difficult decisions to be made and some innovative visioning that has to take place if the Chemical Corps is to continue as a branch of the Army. This case study looks at the current and future threat, develops ideas for new missions, and provides concepts for near term priorities and long term vision. The conclusions are that the Chemical Corps should not face the future as a single mission, single role branch of the Army, rather -- 1 the Corps requires multi-skilled soldiers whos skills can be applied across the operational continuum, 2 the Corps should take the lead in technology, developing multi- purpose units, systems and equipment to counter conventional threats and defend against nuclear, biological and chemical threats.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare