By Ms. Deepa Mahendru (Front Page)March 10, 2009
20th Support Command (CBRNE) -Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives
What is it'
The 20th Support Command (CBRNE) is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Forces Command. Established in October 2004, the CBRNE command, as it is sometimes called, has transformed the Army's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive ordnance disposal response units, aligning them under a single operational headquarters.
In addition to improved command and control, the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) has the tactical units needed to get the job done. The command has a critical role in combating weapons of mass destruction. The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review identified the need for the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) to serve as a Joint Task Force capable of rapid deployment for WMD elimination and site exploitation. This capability was validated in August 2007 during a major training exercise in Korea.
Core competencies include:
Aca,!Ac Command and control for specialized Army and Joint CBRNE forces
Aca,!Ac Specialized CBRNE operations
Aca,!Ac Provide specialized CBRNE units and teams
Aca,!Ac Serve as JTF - Elimination headquarters
Aca,!Ac Provide reach back to subject matter experts, national laboratories, industry, academia and state and national entities
What has the Army done'
The Army assigned all FORSCOM explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units to the 20th Support Command (CBRNE). All FORSCOM chemical units were assigned to the command in FY08. Equipment, personnel and critical resources were fast-tracked to support the command and reorganization and re-stationing efforts put the right people with the right equipment in the right place at the right time - to support the current fight and meet national combating WMD objectives.
What does the Army have planned'
The 20th Support Command (CBRNE) will continue to transform as subordinate EOD and chemical units will eventually possess the full array of CBRNE capabilities. CBRNE units and teams will continue to deploy in support of combatant commanders and civil authorities to combat WMD and eliminate CBRNE hazards.
Why is this important to the Army'
The 20th Support Command (CBRNE) is an operational headquarters for global WMD-Elimination operations. It now commands and controls Army and/or Joint forces for WMD-Elimination and offers specialized, deployable and highly technical CBRNE when and where they are needed. The command provides trained and ready active and reserve component CBRNE forces for contingency, small scale and major combat operations.
CBRNE Web site
FORSCOM Web site