NATO details CBRN Defense Task Force

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) released a report on Thursday detailing the Combined Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Task Force.

The task force consists of the CBRN Joint Assessment Team and the CBRN Defense Battalion. The latter is specially trained to manage and provide recovery and mitigation support in an attack or accident that involves CBRN materials.

The report states that increasing advances in science and technology allows the possibility of a biological threat to grow, specifically against those forces and populations that are a part of the treaty.

The work of the Combined Joint CBRN task force is supported by the Prototype Deployable Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Analytical Laboratory and an associated Prototype NBC Event Response Team. These two entities where established at the 2002 summit that took place in Prague.

Currently 21 members of NATO contribute to the Combined Joint Task Force on a rotational, voluntary basis. Usually there are eight to 10 countries involved at any one time. Ukraine has also contributed to this task force despite not being a member of NATO.

Capabilities of the CBRN Defense Battalion include sampling and identification of biological, chemical and radiological material; detection and monitoring for biological threats; and CBRN Hazard management operations including decontamination and providing assessments and advice to NATO commanders.

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