Military leader explains how the military fights CBRNs

A military leader in the field of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosives recently explained how the military is keeping pace with a changing environment.

Col. Thomas Cartledge, chief of staff of the 20th Support Command, made his comments at the sixth annual CBRNE Summit, according to

Cartledge said that it was a daily challenge to fight back against the efforts of insurgents in Afghanistan.

"As we improve, so do our adversaries," Cartledge said, according to

The military’s chemical and Explosive Ordnance Disposal troops work doggedly to develop, research and implement new technology. Because of the threats from abroad, the force structure of these troops has been altered and their number has been doubled.

"The biggest challenge right now is maintaining the force structure," Cartledge said, adding that there is an increasing demand for EOD troops across the military.

Formed in 2004, the 20th Support Command, located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is responsible for all of the U.S.-based CBRNE troops - approximately 4,500 in total. The command is prepared for rapid deployment to face the challenge of weapons of mass destruction elimination worldwide, as well as for facing improvised explosive devices.

Last year, EOD responded to 250 incidents in the United States alone.

"It's important for everyone to understand the capabilities that reside within the 20th Support Command. We have very unique capabilities and very unique challenges," Cartledge said, reports.