CBRNE Defense

Minimizing the impacts and effects of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) events through detection, recognition, and technological initiatives.

Recent Inquiries

Coordinating the Elimination of Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances

Is there a group coordinating the elimination of per- and polyfluorinated substances, also known as the "forever chemicals," in U.S. Department of Defense materiel?

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Contamination in Littoral/Riverine Environment

Is there a way to detect and track chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear contamination in a littoral/riverine environment?

Memory Effect Mitigation of an Incinerator’s Pollution Abatement System

How can the "memory effect" of an incinerator's pollution abatement system be removed after it becomes contaminated with dioxins and furans?


Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel suited up in a desert landscape.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Techs Pioneer Innovative Method to Clear Stuck Artillery Round

FORT SILL, Okla. – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians demonstrated flexibility, ingenuity, and resourcefulness during a recent response to a lodged round in an M109A6 Paladin howitzer on Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Army EOD…

Stethoscope and dog tags laying on a Flag of the United States.

DoD-Supported, Lifesaving Autoinjector to Combat Ultra-Potent Opioid Exposure Available Through DLA

FORT DETRICK, MD – Long approved for pain control in civilian and military medicine, synthetic opioids are substances that are created in a laboratory and act on the same targets in the brain as natural…

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Argonne’s New Dual-Armed Telerobotic System for Hazardous Waste Cleanup Successfully Demonstrated; Has Potential for Other Applications

Because they can go where humans can’t, robots are especially suited for safely working with hazardous nuclear waste. But first, those robots need to become like the humans they are replacing, with arms and fingers…


Novel Nuclear Forensics for the 21st Century

This work will demonstrate how ubiquitous radiological characterization can take place throughout all nuclear facilities for all nuclear material (even those facilities the United States does not know exist). The presentation will detail how this…

Radiation Biodosimetry: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go

In the case of radiological/nuclear (R/N) mass casualty incidents, several thousands of humans may be exposed to ionizing radiation. Timely assessment of radiation dose is critical for making an appropriate “lifesaving” clinical decision for those…

Policies, Procedures, and Dangerous Plumes: Lessons Learned From a Mixed-Hazardous Waste Tabletop Exercise

In June of 2023, the Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center convened a Tabletop Exercise (TTX) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which posited a mixed-hazardous waste “dirty bomb” blanketing a nearby federal reservation and its…


Soldier points while detection equipment is mounted on their back.

The 92nd Military Operations Research Symposium

For over 55 years, the annual Military Operations Research Symposium (MORS) has been an opportunity for the national security community to exchange information, examine research and discuss critical national security topics. Held in notable locations,…

Three military personnel initiate a detonation process.

17th International Detonation Symposium

The International Detonation Symposium started in 1951, and was originally a Navy-sponsored discussion of about 17 papers. In subsequent years it has been sponsored by both DOD and DOE labs, and has grown to over…

An Explosion in a field.

Fundamentals of Explosives Short Course

The Fundamentals of Explosives 3-day course examines the chemistry of explosives, the physics of detonation waves to include their initiation, and the issues involved in safe handling and characterizing these. Explosive output and coupling to…