(CBDP) research, development, test and evaluation, and operational activities, and provide guidance on which of these capabilities can be obtained outside the Military Service laboratories, which are unavailable except in the Military Service laboratories, and which are so mission-critical (classified, non-proliferation, or other) that they should be maintained in the Military Service laboratories. It will review relevant Department of Defense (DoD) studies and other pertinent literature, and conduct site visits and interviews with all necessary CBDP and DoD Laboratory stakeholders to collect the data to accomplish the study objectives. It will provide guidance for coordination and development of consensus within the CBDP community with a view toward maximizing acceptance and ownership of these requirements and definitions.

Purpose of the Study

This study was requested by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense (DASD(CBD))1 to assist in several objectives. The committee considered the following objectives as they approached their charge:

  1. Defining the terms “core scientific and technology capabilities necessary for conducting core CBDP RDT&E activities” that is acceptable to all DoD CBDP and Laboratory stakeholders. Define how DoD sustains core capabilities, accounting for DoD sustainment guidance, resources, and authorities.
  2. Identifying the scientific and technology capabilities DoD requires to accomplish the CBDP mission based on the known and anticipated threats and state of the Science and Technology (S&T) base between now and 2025.
  3. Identifying which of these capabilities DoD should consider “core,” and recommend core capacity levels at which DoD should seek to sustain core capabilities.
  4. Identifying options and needed resources for preserving these capabilities for DASD(CBD) consideration. This includes identifying the current model for sustaining lab infrastructure within DoD and determining if this is the most effective method for maintaining DoD critical infrastructure.

The committee was advised that this report is intended to be used in developing the POM (Program Objective Memorandum) for the Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP).2


1 At press, the current DASD(CBD) is Dr. Gerald Parker.

2 The POM is used to define funding and programmatic priorities for DoD, and each program must review its own activities and submit that analysis to the agency.

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