ECBC demonstrates latest technologies at showcase

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) showed off its latest technologies on August 5-6 during the first Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase.

More than 1,000 people attended the event, including industry partners, congressional stakeholders and government personnel. Attendees visited the two-day event to learn more about Team CBRNE's contributions to defense efforts. The event took place at the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

"The Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase is a great way for our scientists and engineers to engage with their peers and potential business partners on some of the most innovative projects in CBRNE defense," Joseph Wienand, the director of the ECBC, said.

The event focused on four commodity areas, including elimination, decontamination, protection and detection. Attendees interacted with technologies from the warfighter perspective and viewed how soldiers in the field need to be equipped with CBRNE detectors, protective gear and decontamination equipment.

"It was really great to have the people who work here every day see all the projects that their peers and colleagues have been working on. These people are going to be the future VIPs one day, and that's exciting," Peter Emanuel, the chief of the BioSciences division within the ECBC Research and Technology Directorate, said. "It gave people the chance to pick up and handle the most advanced equipment in CBRNE defense. This year's showcase really focused not just on processes behind science and technology, but the reasons why we are developing new products to execute our mission."

Team CBRNE is made up of multiple Edgewood organizations, including ECBC, the 20th Support Command, and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.