Magazine article National Defense

New Specialized Military Unit to Respond to WMD Attacks

Magazine article National Defense

New Specialized Military Unit to Respond to WMD Attacks

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* A new military organization is being stood Lip to respond to chemical, biological or nuclear attacks on the United States.

The unit is expected to assist civil authorities in responding to a weapon of mass destruction attack U.S. soil. The organization is known as CCMRE which is an acronym for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management response force.

The first of three planned units will include between 4,000 and 6,000 personnel. It will fall under the Joint Force Land Component Command, U.S. Army North, which is based in San Antonio, Texas. Members will include soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

Specialty groups within CCMRF can detect and measure the strength and pervasiveness of hazardous emissions, said Lt. Col. Almarah Belk, a Defense Department spokesperson. That information can be used to assess whether or not it is safe for people to enter certain areas in the aftermath of an attack.

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Other members of CCMRF will be responsible for defusing bombs with "Andros" robots, which have been used in Iraq to disarm explosive devices, Belk said. …

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