Doug Bryce, the Joint Program Executive Officer for JPEO CBD announced ‘efficiency’ savings to ensure improvements in core competencies and to improve the structure of the organisation.

From the 7th of April the JPEO will:

- Decrease the number of Joint Project Managers (JPM) from seven to five. JPMs for Elimination and Radiological and Nuclear Defense will move in total under the Joint Project Manager for Guardian.

- Additional program realignments to JPM-Guardian will include: the Defense Biological Product Assurance Office (formerly the Critical Reagents program) and the Biosurveillance (including Global Biological Threat Initiative).

- JPM-Protection will assume responsibility for Special Purpose Units/Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams Personnel Protective Equipment.

- JPM-Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance will assume funding responsibility for the Joint Handheld Biological Indicator.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of JPM Guardian as it moves further from its original purpose. In my opinion a name change would seem to be on the cards to try and bring the taxonomy more in line with what they are doing… Nobody has managed to see a ‘Trail Boss’ for quite some time though.

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