Combating WMD: Journal of the U.S. Army Nuclear and CWMD Agency. Issue 5, Spring/Summer 2010
UNITED STATES ARMY NUCLEAR AND COMBATING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AGENCY FORT BELVOIR VA
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This is both an exciting and critical time for the Armys combating WMD community. Over the last few months the Executive Branch has released several key policy documents including the Quadrennial Defense Review, the Nuclear Posture Review, and the National Security Strategy. Each of these documents has significant impact and influence on how the Army plans to train and equip the force. Furthermore, the documents provide guidance and insight into how the government intends to execute future missions. Imbedded in these seminal documents are specified or implied requirements. USANCA and the Army Staff are taking an aggressive approach ensuring that the correct Army agency or command is integrated into the development of strategic options. As a result it has been an incredibly busy time. One area that is immediately recognizable is the expanded requirements for a Standing Joint Task Force-Elimination. Currently it is unclear what the headquarters will look like and what its span of authority will be, however, the 20th Support Command CBRNE will continue to play the predominant Army role in support of the elimination missions. To that end the 20th is expanding their capacity with the addition of Nuclear Disablement Teams NDT to support OCONUS contingency operations. And the NDTs are in turn expanding mission profiles to include an increasing number of WMD Coordination Elements WCE to provide broader support to all geographic AORs. With the recent transformation of the Technical Escort Battalions, this provides the Army with the capacity to operate more efficiently and globally, providing support to the War, and preparing for additional contingencies within the ARFORGEN model.
- Electromagnetic Shielding
- Nuclear Weapons