Countering WMD (CWMD) Operations

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The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism Threat from the Islamic State

The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism Threat from the Islamic State

By Carole N. House

The demonstrated ruthlessness and extensive resources of the Islamic State warrant an examination of the viability and probability of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack by that nonstate actor.

Published in the September-October 2016 Edition of Military Review

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20th CBRNE Command Organizing, Training, and Resourcing for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Operations

20th CBRNE Command Organizing, Training, and Resourcing for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Operations

By Brig. Gen. James B. Burton, U.S. Army, Retired; Col. F. John Burpo, U.S. Army; Capt. Kevin Garcia, U.S. Army

Former leaders of the 20th CBRNE Command draw from their institutional knowledge to recommend reorganizing this one-of-a-kind unit into three multifunctional, regionally aligned CBRNE brigade task forces to meet the challenges of future operations.

Published in the July-August 2016 Edition of Military Review

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The Challenge of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Korean Peninsula

The Challenge of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Korean Peninsula

By Lt. Col. Scott Daulton, U.S. Army, and Lt. Col. Bill Shavce, U.S. Army

Two officers discuss the challenges associated with combating and eliminating weapons of mass destruction and share how U.S. forces prepare for this critical mission on the Korean Peninsula.

Published in the November-December 2014 Edition of Military Review

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Insights Mission-Essential Training and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Insights Mission-Essential Training and Weapons of Mass Destruction

By Colonel John A. Mojecki, US Army Retired

Too often, because of real and perceived reasons that consume a leader's training day, the mission-essential task list (METL) training fails to include NBC conditions. If it is included, NBC training is used in a "block-checking" manner, which can have a negative effect on training. Soldiers quickly learn that if NBC training is not a major concern of their leader, it cannot be very important.

Published in the October 1994 Edition of Military Review

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Chemical Warfighting Consideration

Chemical Warfighting Consideration

By Colonel John A. Mojecki, US Army Retired

Historically, the use of chemical agents has shown that their use was closely tied to the opponents' inability to adequately protect themselves, as well as an inability to respond in kind. US forces were well equipped-from protective clothing and masks, through detection and warning devices, to collective protection overpressure systems in the M1A1 tank. The readiness of our soldiers and leaders to operate under chemical conditions and the professional Chemical Corps personnel assigned throughout the force structure, as well as the numerous Active and Reserve Component chemical units in theater, were just as important as the equipment.

Published in the February 1992 Edition of Military Review

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Operational Leadership Experiences Project Interview


Interview with MAJ Kevin Brown, 75th Exploitation Task Force, Operation Iraqi Freedom

Interview with MAJ Kevin Brown, 75th Exploitation Task Force, Operation Iraqi Freedom

By Major Kevin Brown, U.S. Army

An assistant operations officer with the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, Major Kevin Brown deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with his unit, which became the command and control element for the 75th Exploitation Task Force (XTF), charged with searching for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and conducting sensitive site exploitation (SSE) of all "abnormal" finds in country. These included mass graves, weapons caches and chemical plants.

Published in the Operational Leadership Experiences Project October 17, 2005

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