2007 Army Posture Statement - Chemical Demilitarization Program

Thursday March 8, 2007

Title 50, United States Code, Section 1521 directs the Department of Defense to destroy the United States chemical weapons stockpile. This statute also provides for the establishment of a management organization within the Department of the Army to carry out this mission. In addition, the United States is a state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), an international treaty prohibiting development, production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and requiring the destruction of existing stockpiles and demolition of former chemical warfare production facilities and other non-stockpile chemical warfare materiel.

The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency, a subordinate activity of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, manages the execution of this nationally important and internationally significant program to safely store and destroy all U.S. chemical warfare materiel, with Army Secretariat oversight from the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). In accordance with Public Laws 105-261 and 107-248, the Office of the Secretary of Defense manages chemical demilitarization activities at the stockpile disposal sites in Colorado and Kentucky.

All of the disposal facilities under Army purview currently are operating or have completed operations. As of January 2007, more than 42 percent of the total U.S. stockpile has been safely destroyed. This is equivalent to 13,231 US tons of chemical agent and nearly 1.8 million munitions.

In November 2000, the Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System completed the destruction of the last munitions stored at the atoll, and closure operations were completed in November 2003. In February 2006, workers at the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility completed destruction operations by cleaning and decontaminating the last formerly mustard-filled ton container stored at the Edgewood Chemical Activity. Aberdeen is the first site within the continental United States to complete stockpile destruction operations and begin facility closure activities.

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