Army Chemical Review

SUMMER 2013

Army Chemical Review presents professional information about Chemical Corps functions related to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, smoke, flame, and civil support operations.

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Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency also functions as a combat support agency that enables direct support to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency directly supports the combatant commanders by providing technologies, reachback capabilities, and deployable subject matter experts that integrate with joint task forces. Finally, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency director functions as the director of the U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction and reports to the commander of the Strategic Command. of research and development, combating weapons of mass destruction technologies, deployable experts who integrate into joint staffs, expert reachback capabilities, training and exercise programs, or consequence management assistance programs, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency provides a specifc niche in combating weapons of mass destruction threats and ultimately in making the world a safer place. The Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction is organized into an integrated enterprise structure that is similar to a joint staff. Divisions are organized according to the following joint staff codes: National Security Strategy, May 2010, , accessed on 25 April 2013. y y y y y y J-1: Human Resources. J-2/5/8R: Intelligence, Plans, and Resource Integration. J-3/7: Operations, Exercise, and Readiness. J-4/8C: Acquisition, Finance, and Logistics. J-6: Information Operations. J-9: Research and Development. These entities respond to requirements by delivering new technology across Department of Defense and ally spectra. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency also provides combating weapons of mass destruction and nuclear-mission expertise to the Offce of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and other Department of Defense components. In addition, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency works closely with the Department of State, the Department of Energy, and host nations to provide assessments and "onsite arms control inspections, escort of foreign inspectors, prepar[ation of] U.S. sites for foreign inspections, and . . . monitoring and verifcation assistance to treaty negotiators."13 Combating weapons of mass destruction is one of the Nation's top priorities, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency is an extraordinary example of an agency with the capability to synchronize combating weapons of mass destruction efforts across the Department of Defense, other U.S. government agencies, and foreign nations. Perhaps most compelling is the unique ability of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to build partnership capacities to synchronize a global effort that systematically deters, prevents, and eliminates weapons of mass destruction. The multiple reporting chains of command (Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Strategic Command) enable the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to coordinate and leverage with many different agencies inside and outside the U.S. government. In these roles, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency combats weapons of mass destruction threats across the full spectrum of combating weapons of mass destruction strategies in the areas of nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and consequence management. Whether it is through the use 12 Endnotes: 1 National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, December 2002, , accessed on 25 April 2013. 2 Army Knowledge Online (AKO) Course J3S T-MN056, Interagency Process Course, U.S. Joint Forces Command. 3 4 National Military Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 13 February 2006, , accessed on 29 April 2013. Ibid. 5 "Offce of Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR)" Web site, Department of State, , accessed on 30 April 2013. 6 "Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating WMD Overview Briefng," October 2012, , accessed on 1 May 2013. 7 Ibid. 8 9 National Military Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2006. 10 Joint Publication (JP) 3-0, Joint Operations, 11 August 2011, , accessed on 30 April 2013. "Defense Threat Reduction Agency," Protection, Center for Army Lessons Learned, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, August 2010, , accessed on 30 April 2013. 11 12 National Military Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2006. "Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating WMD Overview Briefng," October 2012. 13 Major Galbraith is an interagency fellow assigned as a consequence management team leader, Consequence Management Division, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He holds a bachelor's degree in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior from the University of California–Davis and a master's degree in environmental management from Webster University. Army Chemical Review

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