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Alternative Technologies for the Destruction of Chemical Agents and Munitions A Statement of Task The Committee on Alternative Chemical Demilitarization Technologies, established at the request of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Logistics and Environment), will carry out a study of alternatives to the baseline technology for chemical munitions demilitarization. The committee will operate under the auspices of the Board on Army Science and Technology of the Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, which provides independent technical advice to the Army. The committee will meet approximately four times and will conduct a workshop at which interested parties will have the opportunity to present their analyses of proposed alternative technologies. If necessary, the committee will make field trips to examine relevant processes. The committee will: develop a comprehensive list of alternative technologies to the baseline technology for destruction of chemical agents and munitions; develop screening criteria for alternative technologies; test alternative technologies against the criteria to select those that merit full evaluation; establish evaluation parameters to fully assess and characterize selected alternative technologies; and hold a workshop to: describe each alternative technology; present and discuss technical aspects, strengths and weaknesses; assess advantages and disadvantages; focus on plausible, developmental tasks to implement each alternative technology; and assess the time period for implementation. After reviewing and evaluating this information, the committee will prepare a report of its findings. The committee will not select or recommend any specific alternative technology.
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