Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams

Thursday November 2, 2006

What is it? The Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) is a high-priority, rapid response unit supporting civil authorities and specifically the local incident commander in responding to a WMD event/incident. This unit is the lead element of the Department of Defense (DoD) response to a WMD attack. It consists of six sections: command, operations, communications, administration/logistics, medical, and survey. The WMD CST mission is to support civil authorities at a domestic CBRNE incident site by identifying CBRNE agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with appropriate requests for state support to facilitate additional resources.

This unit is made up of 22 highly-skilled Army and Air National Guard Active Guard Reserve (AGR) personnel in 14 military occupational skills (57 AF Specialty codes). The unit is Federally resourced, trained, equipped, and sustained. The WMD CST is normally under state control and may be employed as a state asset without DoD authorization. The Adjutant General either employs the CST to support the State response under the direction of the Governor or to support another State's response under a supported Governor. CSTs are equipped with a mobile analytical laboratory capable of providing identification of chemical or biological materials and also a sophisticated communications suite which provides reachback communications with local, state, and Federal agencies. The WMD-CST is designed to support local Incident Commanders and local emergency responders not to replace either the Incident Command System (ICS) or functions normally performed by the emergency first responder community.

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