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Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Consequence Management Reaction Force (CCMRF)

What is it?
The CCMRF is a Title X task force comprised of both Active and Reserve Component capabilities. The CCMRF's primary role when responding to a CBRNE event is to augment the consequence management efforts of the first responders.

What has the Army done?
The current CCMRF fielding plan establishes three separate CCMRFs to provide a response capability to multiple near-simultaneous CBRNE events. The CCMRFs are identical in force structure and are self-sustaining and tailorable to any CBRNE event. A CCMRF has unique CBRNE-trained and equipped personnel and general purpose forces trained to operate in a CBRNE environment.

The current structure relies heavily on the Army, with limited capabilities provided by the other Services. On October 1, 2008, the Army assigned approximately 2,900 of the 4,700 Department of Defense (DoD) personnel to the Commander, United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) for CCMRF-One. The Army CCMRF forces include robust command and control, comprehensive decontamination of personnel and equipment, hazardous material handling and disposal, air and land transportation, aerial evacuation, and sustainment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The CCMRF sourcing in FY10 presents a different challenge. The global demand for Army Brigade Combat Teams, and the shift of forces to Operation Enduring Freedom, has driven the Army to a more tailored sourcing plan for the CCMRFs in FY10. The Army will establish maneuver enhanced brigades (MEBs) from the Active Component and the Army National Guard to provide the robust command and control capabilities in the CCMRFs. The CCMRF fits this organization's mission well, and using MEBs helps restore both strategic depth and balance to the Army.

The CCMRF- One (Active Component) units will be assigned to USNORTHCOM on October 1, 2010. The CCMRF-Two (Reserve Components) will be placed on a prepare to deploy order while assigned to USNORTHCOM for a minimum of 24 months from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2011.

Why is this important to the Army?
There is no question that CBRNE incidents pose a great, and very real, challenge to the security of the American people. A terrorist attack on U.S. soil or an accidental CBRNE incident would produce catastrophic results that would likely overwhelm the civil authorities' response capabilities. As a result, the DoD has established a requirement for CCMRF forces to be trained and ready to respond to requests from civil authorities.

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