Department of Defense Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) Warfare Defense: Annual Report to Congress, April 1995   [open pdf - 785KB]

This document is the 1995 annual report to Congress by DoD's NBC Warfare Defense Program. "The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994, Public Law No. 103-160, section 1703, directs the Secretary of Defense to submit this assessment and a description of plans to improve readiness. The Department of Defense (DoD) Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) defense program objective is to enable our forces to survive, fight, and win in NBC warfare environments. Numerous rapidly changing factors continually influence the program and its management. These factors include declining DoD resources (both monetary and force structure reductions), planning for war fighting support to numerous regional threat contingencies, the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union, the signing and future ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and continuing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). To minimize the impact of use of WMD on our forces, we will need the capability not only to deter their use, but to prevent it. This will require improved WMD defensive capabilities. The DoD NBC defense program continues to work towards increasing the defensive capabilities of Joint Forces to survive and continue the mission during conflicts which involve the use of WMD. For our forces to survive and fight under contaminated battlefield conditions, an integrated, balanced program is essential. Our forces must have aggressive, realistic training, and defensive equipment that allows them to avoid contamination, if possible, and to protect, decontaminate, and sustain operations on the non-linear battlefield."

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