Working Group 2: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Advanced Explosives (CBRNE) Defense


(Updated 13 October 2014)

Purpose:  Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear and Advanced Explosives (CBRNE) threats pose serious challenges to US military operations.  In the contexts of force protection, major and irregular combat operations, homeland defense and other non-combat missions, the proliferation of technical expertise and the availability of once scarce resources (such as computational capabilities, biomedical engineering equipment, and radiological industrial sources, etc.) necessitates that future military capabilities to effectively detect, respond, deter, and maintain mission performance be strengthened against an increasingly wide set of possible scenarios.  In an environment of uncertain budgets, ensuring that CBRNE risks and hazards to military operations are correctly understood in reference to the full range of force requirements is a fundamental challenge to national military, political, intelligence, and homeland security defense efforts, and to supporting infrastructures.

Discussion:This MORS working group seeks presentations on efforts that have generated new methods for CBRNE analysis and/or that demonstrate efforts to tackle difficult real world problems via disciplined qualitative or quantitative analyses despite inherent data shortfalls and limitations. 

Other Working Groups:  Candidates for joint discussions with WG 2 include:

·      Strategic Operations National Security Analysis (WG 1)

·      Infrastructure Analyses, Protection and Recovery (WG 3)

·      Homeland Security, Homeland Defense and Civil Support (WG 4)

·      Maritime Operations (WG 12)

·      Casualty Estimation and Force Health Protection (WG 15)