Battelle to Help US in Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction

Battelle has received a Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Homeland Defense & Security Technical Area Task award supporting the National Guard Bureau (NGB) Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division.

The award has a total value of $13,781,575 with a 35-month period of performance.

Under the terms of the award, Battelle will provide technical subject matter expertise to study, analyze, advise, research, and develop deliverables to advance the NGB’s homeland defense and security mission requirements in combatting weapons of mass destruction.

The NGB and Department of Defense have established multiple Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) teams to respond to any natural or man-made disaster.

(Learn More. CBRN specialists are trained in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. Be the first line of defense against weapons of mass destruction and powerful threats. Courtesy of the National Guard and YouTube)

These teams are usually the first DoD responders to support civil authorities at any domestic CBRNE incident that may result in catastrophic loss of life or property.

Their function includes planning and conducting casualty search and extraction; emergency medical triage, treatment, and patient stabilization; and mass casualty decontamination.

(See California National Guard’s 95th Civil Support Team (CST), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) participation in a San Francisco Bay Area joint training exercise called BAYEX. Videographer: SGT Richard Stowell; Produced by: SPC Hugo Valencia. Courtesy of otv103 and YouTube)

They also provide security in support of law enforcement in such situations.

These teams require equipping, training, and evaluation of all personnel to enable mission success—areas that have all grown substantially over the past decade.

Specifically, Battelle will:

  • Develop CBRNE and WMD elimination exercises and after-action reports
  • Develop and conduct training courses and assess training effectiveness
  • Provide technical and analytical assessments to enhance survivability, safety, and sustainment operations during an intentional and unintentional release of CBRNE materials during natural or man-made disasters within the United States and US territories

“This important contract award again demonstrates that Battelle wins competitively bid contracts in our area of expertise—CBRNE defense and R&D operations,” said Matthew J. Shaw, Vice President and General Manager for Battelle’s CBRNE Defense business unit.

“We look forward to continuing to support our government clients as they tackle these strategically important tasks to protect the homeland while keeping our warfighters and first responders safe.”

For more than 70 years,  beginning with our involvement in the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, government agencies and industries alike have trusted Battelle to solve some of their most complex chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) defense challenges.

Furthermore, Battelle has the nation’s largest and most advanced live-agent BSL-3, chemical-agent and licensed explosives test facilities.