Advanced CBRNE Training Branch

U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center) established the Advanced Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Training Branch to provide an educational connection between our subject matter experts (SMEs) and the customer. This unique relationship allows scientists and engineers to share knowledge, experience, and expertise through classroom instruction, hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, field training exercises, and reachback programs.

Our primary focus as the Advanced CBRNE Training Branch is to design mission-specific training and support to encompass the full spectrum of CBRNE battle space. A critical cornerstone of the program includes the flexibility to rapidly integrate new discoveries and emerging technology into our training programs with assistance from the most experienced chemists and biologists in the nation’s CBRNE operational environment.


The courses listed below are explicitly designed for training purposes only. They are intended for field training on tactical deployments on the battlefield for United States Government personnel. Courses are offered by request for groups, teams, and units and are not intended for individual instruction. Students can recommend and customize courses by contacting us to discuss course objectives and mission requirements.

  • Classroom to full mission profile
  • Introductory to advanced

Recommended Courses

Duration: 3-5 days

Program of Instruction:

  1. Students will be able to describe chemistry from the basic atom to critical toxic industrial compounds, illicit drugs, high energetic materials, and chemical threat agents.

A. Analyze the ability of specific chemicals and/or equipment to produce or disperse an agent.
B. Utilize specific chemicals and equipment to gain better understanding of the procedures employed to produce a chemical agent.

2. Students will be able to describe biology from the basic cell to bacterial cells, viral particles, biological based toxins, and biological threat agents.

A. Analyze the ability of specific materials and/or equipment to produce or disperse a biological agent.
B. Utilize specific materials and equipment to gain better understanding of the procedures employed to produce a biological agent.

Duration: 4 days

Program of Instruction:

  1. Students will become highly proficient in the skill of sampling to properly characterize small-scale chemical and biological sites.

A. Analyze intelligence. Plan and execute sampling missions.

Ⅰ. Obtain a baseline knowledge of chemistry and biology to evaluate chemical and biological (CB) agents and how they are manufactured.

Ⅱ. Evaluate the protection, detection, sampling, and decontamination of various suspected CBRNE sites.

Ⅲ. Describe the relationship between sample collection and analysis.

Duration: 3 days

Program of Instruction:

1. Students will be able to describe and analyze aspects of field detection.

A. Describe various types of field detection.

I. Evaluate groups that utilize field detection for all hazard responses, including weapons of mass destruction.

B. Compare field detection to sample identification.

C. Describe the field detection toolkit.

I. Evaluate chemicals of interest and their interactions with each piece of the detection toolkit.

1. Utilize the detection toolkit in various environmental conditions.

2. Analyze how chemicals of interest will be detected under various environmental conditions.

II. Analyze the science of field detection.

3. Utilize the detection toolkit to characterize potential chemical hazards.

4. Analyze how the entire detection toolkit is utilized for site characterization.

Duration: 4 days, APG

At this time, due to the nature of this course and the number of subject matter experts required, this course can only be conducted at APG.

Duration: 2 days

Program of Instruction:

1. Students will be able to describe reactions that produce CB agents.

A. Describe the types of chemicals or materials used to produce CB agents.

B. Analyze the equipment potentially utilized to produce CB agents.

2. Analyze the possible dissemination of various types of CB agents.

3. Identify “non-laboratory” equipment that could be used to produce CB agents

Performed at the Chemical Biological Applications & Risk Reduction (CBARR) Chemical Transfer Facility.

The RDECOM ECBC workforce of 1,400 scientists, engineers, and technicians have the experience, knowledge and training required to work safely and effectively with the most dangerous compounds in the world. We combine our unparalleled expertise, unique facilities, and ability to collaborate effectively with government, industry, and other research organizations to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to the Army and joint services, the warfighter, the nation, and the world.

Credentials of our Team:

  • Ph.D. scientists in chemistry and biology
  • M.S. in education
  • Prior service CBRNE operators
  • Former explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians
  • Military veterans

We fully integrate research scientists, engineers, and other subject matter experts from across RDECOM ECBC with specialties in synthesis, detection, sampling, decontamination, mitigation, and toxicology. We also have a working relationship with the Forensic Analytical Center, the first laboratory in the U.S. to achieve the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) designation. This facility is capable of receiving environmental and biomedical samples from OPCW as well as the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

We utilize assets from partner organizations to include:

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