"This regulation delineates the responsibilities and details the processes and procedures for management of National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Civil Support Teams (CST). In the United States, the civil emergency management structure manages the consequences of the release of a WMD involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) devices. The National Guard leverages it's war fighting capability to support the civil authorities by providing a disciplined, well trained, and well equipped organization to supplement local, state, and federal efforts to manage the potentially catastrophic effects of terrorism, or provide special technical support to augment specific needs of the Incident Commander. CSTs are designed and trained to provide initial assessment of CBRNE events and advice and assistance to the Incident Commander, State Emergency Management, the State's Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ-State), the Adjutant General (AG), the Governor, and other key officials, including representatives of federal agencies. This regulation establishes the processes and standards for synchronized, integrated, and seamless CST employment across the nation, on short notice to assist local and state governments in protecting public health and safety, restoring essential government services, and providing emergency relief to governments, businesses, and individuals affected by the consequences of terrorism."
NGR 500-3/ANGI 10-2503