International CBRNE training held in Poland

Students, NATO observers, industry experts and special forces from the U.S., Norway and Poland conducted an international weapons of mass destruction training program from May 6-12 in Poland.

The training was conducted in several phases, which saw the special forces employ technology such as robotics, GPS and advanced detection equipment to complete planned simulations. Participants tracked vehicles, analyzed substances and investigated suspicious buildings during the Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (WMD ISR) program.

"We are looking at all of the different components, at various levels, that are necessary to conduct WMD ISR," Alex Bordetsky, the Naval Postgraduate School professor who led the program, said. "In our current experiments, we are experiencing a rapid, collective design process because we are working in conjunction with real operators, in action, who are adopting the technology solutions that we are integrating in real time."

Bordetsky's team of faculty and students conducted the experiments to build information management architectures for sharing CBRNE alerts, the results of which they shared with their Polish counterparts.

The WMD ISR experiment took place during a Polish military exercise, which took place in the fictitious nation of Polarmia, and saw special forces track notional members of an international terrorist organization.

The next phase of Bordetsky's WMD ISR program is planned for June on the Greek island of Crete.