Chemical and Biological Defense Test and Evaluation (T&E) Future Challenges
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY
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The objective of this study was to identify emerging technical, methodological, and infrastructure challenges for future Chemical and Biological Defense CBD Test and Evaluation TE investment, and to serve as a prequel to the development of a full strategic TE Roadmap. The Center for Technology and National Security Policy CTNSP of the National Defense University NDU led the study. The CTNSP study group conducted a five-point analysis of the CBD program. The group reviewed requirements documents, the relevant science and technology ST literature, existing CBD strategic plans, the current ST investment portfolio, and current commodity programs. The Joint ST Office JSTO Focused Innovative Thrusts and legacy ST portfolio, the JSTO Strategic Science Roadmap, the Joint Requirements Office JRO requirements, and the Joint Program Executive Office JPEO programs represented the reviewed materials. Science and technology has been moving at an exponential pace, especially within disciplines critical to the CBD program. These primarily include the biological sciences, especially systems and synthetic biology and structural biology information science, particularly bioinformatics nanotechnology, specifically the ability to tailor nanomaterials from the ground up, and to design and fabricate devices on the nanoscale and combinatorial chemistry. These rapid developments underpin both next generation threats and new countermeasure technologies that must be subjected to rigorous TE before fielding. The TE community has been confronted with numerous challenges when new technology is developed. The classic example is polymerase chain reaction PCR, which permits the high fidelity amplification of DNA.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors