Air Force Scientist and Engineer Roles in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
Pagination or Media Count:
The threat of weapons of mass destruction WMD is a real threat to the United States homeland, its deployed forces, and its allies. To protect the Nation and its allies, the Department of Defense DoD and the U.S. Air Force USAF must develop and resource a strategy to combat this threat. However, several high-level reports have concluded that DoD and the USAF lack sufficient expertise in this area. Historically, the USAF developed and retained a cadre of scientists and engineers SEs to support the Nations nuclear deterrence and counterproliferation missions. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the scope and need for continuation and enhancement of these capabilities in the post-Cold Warpost-9-11 environments. The term CBRN SE is used throughout this paper to describe a scientist or engineer with expertise and experience directly relevant to the technical development, detection, protection against, or effects assessment of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons or weapons that produce similar effects such as electromagnetic pulse EMP generators. Chapter 1 defines the unique attributes of CBRN SEs and the military challenge of the CBRN threat. Chapter 2 presents current doctrine and strategic direction necessitating the need for CBRN expertise in the SE corps and briefly discusses where CBRN SE personnel currently perform their missions. In Chapter 3, the author discusses the institutional aspects of maintaining and growing the CBRN SE workforce, including education and training, leadership development, and personnel policies. Finally, Chapter 4 concludes with a summary of the paper and recommendations.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Nuclear Warfare