Protecting yourself and your equipment is needed if contamination avoidance is not possible or practical. If the enemy can use NBC weapons, you must be prepared to protect yourself. You may become contaminated because you are directly engaged with NBC weapons, or your mission may require you to cross a contaminated area. Therefore, NBC protection must be an integral part of all operations.
--FM 3-100, NBC Operations, 1985
Because Edgewood Arsenal had been out of business for ten years, the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps took the opportunity to build up their own CB defense materiel programs. With the flush defense funds of the 1980s and emphasis on the Soviet threat fresh in their minds, all the armed services began producing their own unique protective masks, suits, agent detectors, collective protection systems, and decontamination programs. The Air Force Systems Command's (AFSC) Human Systems Division performed technology base research at Brooks Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, while their Aeronautical Systems Division completed the research through advanced development programs at Eglin AFB, Florida. Once the Air Force CB defense equipment was ready for production, the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio) requisitioned and distributed the equipment to Air Force wings. Kelly AFB, near Brooks, and Warner-Robbins AFB, Georgia, conducted most of the maintenance work.
The Naval Surface Weapons Center at Dahlgren, Virginia, had the lead for most Navy technology base CB defense programs. Three systems commands (Naval Sea Systems Command--NAVSEA; Naval Air Systems Command --NAVAIR; and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command--NAVFAC) carried out their respective program management as their programs enter advanced development. NAVSEA carried the majority of Navy CB defense programs, to include individual protection and decontamination programs. NAVAIR focused on both Navy and Marine Corps aviator individual protection and aircraft CB defense programs (detection and decontamination). NAVFAC had responsibility for CB defense at ports and other ground facilities but often relied on Army