Accession Number : ADA323771

Title :   Department of Defense Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) Defense: Annual Report to Congress.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept.

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA323771

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 244

Abstract : The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994, Public Law No. 103-160, Section 1703 (50 USC 1522), mandates the consolidation of all Department of Defense chemical and biological (CB) defense programs. As part of this consolidation, the Secretary of Defense is directed to submit an assessment and a description of plans to improve readiness to survive, fight and win in a nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) contaminated environment. This report contains modernization plan summaries that highlight the Department's approach to improve current NBC defense equipment and resolve current shortcomings in the program. 50 USC 1522 has been a critical tool for ensuring the elimination of redundant programs, focusing funds on program priorities, and enhancing readiness. While many problems remain in consolidating the NBC defense program, significant and measurable progress has been made in fulfilling the letter and the intent of Congress. There has been a consolidation of the research, development and acquisition organizations for NBC defense, including the consolidation of all research, development, test and evaluation, and procurement funds for NBC defense. There has been significant progress in the development of Joint training, doctrine development, and requirements generation. Modernization and technology plans have been developed that will begin to show real savings and true consolidation of efforts among the Services. The fruits of these plans will be realized over the next few years as the public law has time to take effect and will result in the increased readiness of U.S. forces. The objective of the Department of Defense (DoD) NBC defense program is to enable our forces to survive, fight, and win in NBC warfare environments. Numerous rapidly changing factors continually influence the program and its management.

Descriptors :   *DECONTAMINATION, *CHEMICAL WARFARE, *MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, NUCLEAR WARFARE, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, SURVIVABILITY, THREATS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, LOGISTICS, CHEMICAL WARFARE CASUALTIES, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, MILITARY TRAINING, MEDICAL RESEARCH, COLLECTIVE PROTECTION, BIOLOGICAL WARFARE CASUALTIES, NUCLEAR WARFARE CASUALTIES.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE