Chemical and Biological Defense: DOD Has Identified an Infrastructure Manager and Is Developing the Position's Roles and Responsibilities   [open pdf - 694KB]

"Over the past 4 years, the United States has faced significant chemical and biological threats to its national security. [...] The Department of Defense's (DOD) Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) leads the department's efforts to develop solutions, such as countermeasures, 'to enable the warfighter to deter, prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats and effects as part of a layered, integrated defense.' The CBDP Enterprise--comprising DOD's chemical and biological defense research and development and test and evaluation infrastructure found among 26 DOD organizations--is responsible for implementing this mission. [...] In House Conference Report 114-270, the House and Senate conferees required DOD to report to the congressional defense committees on the designation of an individual responsible for managing the infrastructure for the CBDP in order to minimize duplication of effort both within DOD and other agencies of the federal government. The House and Senate conferees noted that this was consistent with the findings and recommendations in our June 2015 report and included a provision that we review the roles and responsibilities of the official designated to be responsible for infrastructure management. This report describes the status of DOD's efforts to develop the roles and responsibilities of DOD's CBDP Infrastructure Manager."

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