Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense (DASD(CBD))
Under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (USD(A&S)) through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense (ASD(NCB)), the DASD(CBD) executes day-to-day management, governance, and resourcing of the Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CDBP) and coordinates with the Executive Agent (EA) for Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) and other Office of Secretary of Defense components using the procedures and governance framework in DoDI 5160.01.
Infrastructure, Security, and Integration
COL Ron Fizer
Dr. Kimberly LeButt
The Chemical Biological Defense Program (CBDP) fields capabilities to the Joint Force in a core mission area of the DoD to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and plays a key role in executing the DoD Strategy for countering WMDs. The program principally supports the Priority Objective to deny the effects of current and emerging WMD threats through layered, integrated defenses. It provides direction and enabling capabilities to maintain and expand technical expertise; cooperate with and support partners; understand the threat environment and vulnerabilities to; control, defeat, disable, and/or, dispose of WMD threats; safeguard the force, and manage consequences. The CBDP provides this support as described in the CBDP Strategic Plan.
The CBDP fields capabilities which support the Joint Forces' ability to operate in a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) environment. The CBDP Enterprise is composed of: components, services, and enabling partners. Those organizations with core responsibilities for the CBDP are the components and includes those organizations depicted below.
Principal Responsibilities of the ODASD(CBD)
Management and Resourcing of the CBDP Enterprise
The management, governance, and resourcing for the CBDP is the responsibility of the USD(A&S) and is performed daily by the DASD(CBD). The DASD(CBD) directs the resources activities (in accordance with DoD and Services priorities) from concept and requirements development, through early science and technology to advanced development, testing and evaluation, procurement, and infrastructure management. The DASD(CBD) will perform the following duties in the conduct of its responsibility:
Provides management of the development of Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) protection that is primarily internal to the body. This includes medical countermeasures, vaccines, therapeutics, and pre-treatments for the Joint Force. The medical programs also focus on the potential emerging threats and technologies that could impact the Warfighter.
Provides management of efforts that provide physical CBR protection external to the body. This includes efforts such as protective masks, suits, boots, detectors, and decontamination for the Joint Force. In addition to improve the Joint Forces' ability to operate in the CBR environment, the physical program focuses on potential emerging threats and technologies that could impact the Warfighter.
Submits the annual Budget Estimate Submission (BES) to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD(C)) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Submits the President's Budget (PB) to Congress integrating all changes from OUSD(C), the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), and OMB through the Program and Budget Review (PBR) and issue cycle papers.
Provides management and direction for the CPBP Budget and financials. Interfaces with OUSD(C), CAPE, and OMB who review the Project Objective Memorandum (POM) and BES during the PBR and issue paper cycle to adjudicate issues presented through the PBR and issue paper cycle.
Provides management, staffing, and approval of CBDP budget submission documentation.
Other Office Responsibilities
Manages the governance processes in the International Programs area work to ensure a coordinated and unified DoD strategy, project portfolio, and position on important international CBD matters. Consistency across DoD's international cooperative program activities is achieved through two structures:
Partnership between the CBDP and other U.S. Government departments and agencies is not only a DoD best-practice; it is also mandated by law.
Manages the governance processes of interagency CBD efforts to ensure a coordinated and unified DoD strategy, project portfolio, and position on important interagency efforts. The CBDP maintains two major interagency forums for the development of technology the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Technical Coordination Working Group (TCWG) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The CBDP also supports the USD policy by participates heavily in Policy Coordination Committee meetings chaired by the National Security Council on chemical and biological defense issues.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs is the office of primary responsibility for DoD Instructions (DoDIs) 5210.88, Security Standards for Safeguarding Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT), and 5210.65, Security Standards for Safeguarding Chemical Agent. The BSAT instruction applies to five DoD laboratories registered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use and maintain BSAT. The chemical instruction applies to nine DoD laboratories (government and contract) that use and maintain chemical agent required to be tracked by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and two chemical weapons destruction facilities at Pueblo, CO and Blue Grass, KY. CWC allows the United States to operate one Single Small Scale Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground to produce chemical agent for protective purposes within the United States. The CWC also allows the United States to operate a second protective purposes facility at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, to provide agent specifically to that site for defensive training purposes.
The Secretary of the Army delegated the DoD EA responsibility for the DoD BSAT program to The Surgeon General of the Army, and established a BSAT Biorisk Program Office (BBPO) to provide oversight of the program.
At the request of Congress, the Secretary of Defense designated the DASD(CBD) responsible for managing the infrastructure for the CBDP in order to minimize duplication of effort both within DoD and other agencies of the federal government. As the infrastructure manager DASD(CBD) leads efforts to support infrastructure management and coordination across the CBDP Enterprise on relevant issues and matters.