Battelle Wins Contract to Help Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction
Battelle announced yesterday it has received a Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Homeland Defense & Security Technical Area Task (HD TAT) award supporting the National Guard Bureau (NGB) Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division.
Under the terms of the award, Battelle will provide technical subject matter expertise to study, analyze, advise, research, and develop deliverables to advance the NGB’s homeland defense and security mission requirements in combatting weapons of mass destruction.
The NGB and Department of Defense have established multiple Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) teams to respond to any natural or man-made disaster. These teams are usually the first DoD responders to support civil authorities at any domestic CBRNE incident that may result in catastrophic loss of life or property. Their function includes planning and conducting casualty search and extraction; emergency medical triage, treatment, and patient stabilization; and mass casualty decontamination. They also provide security in support of law enforcement in such situations.
These teams require equipping, training, and evaluation of all personnel to enable mission success—areas that have all grown substantially over the past decade.
Specifically, Battelle will develop CBRNE and WMD elimination exercises and after-action reports; develop and conduct training courses and assess training effectiveness; and provide technical and analytical assessments to enhance survivability, safety, and sustainment operations during an intentional and unintentional release of CBRNE materials during natural or man-made disasters within the United States and US territories.
“This important contract award again demonstrates that Battelle wins competitively bid contracts in our area of expertise—CBRNE defense and R&D operations,” said Matthew J. Shaw, Vice President and General Manager for Battelle’s CBRNE Defense business unit. “We look forward to continuing to support our government clients as they tackle these strategically important tasks to protect the homeland while keeping our warfighters and first responders safe.”