National Strategy for CBRNE Standards: National Science and Technology Council Committee on Homeland and National Security [open pdf - 8MB]
"Emergency response teams across the Nation require reliable and interoperable chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) equipment that can be used with confidence for the protection of life, health, property, and commerce. The United States Government will, together with commercial and end-user communities, facilitate the development and implementation of national consensus CBRNE standards and establish an enduring capability to coordinate, prioritize, and implement those standards. It is the vision of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to establish and coordinate implementation of an integrated standards development approach that spans the full spectrum of standards, including performance, interoperability, test and evaluation, conformity assessment, operating procedures, training, and certification. This will assure that equipment is reliable and interoperable, and provides consistent and accurate results. This Strategy describes the elements of a standards and testing infrastructure needed to counter CBRNE threats. The Subcommittee has consulted across the Federal government to identify research efforts and current practices with respect to performance specifications and test methods, as well as standards development needs. The Subcommittee recognizes that the CBRNE mission may be only one component of what users do each and every day. Therefore, the goals reflect not just the technical performance of the technology, but the interoperability with their suite of equipment, as well as concepts of operations involved in their deployment and the training of the users."
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