ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A team of Department of the Army civilian scientists contributed to the Army’s modernization efforts by completing operational testing for an expeditionary analytical laboratory here.
The 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command’s CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity spent more than 90 days participating in operational test events for the Common Analytical Laboratory System Theatre Validation - Integrated System.
Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Millsap, an 18-year chemical Soldier with Army Futures
Command, said this type of system is necessary to quickly provide validated intelligence on presumptive chemical and biological threats to support a commander’s force protection and operational decisions.
During the 10-day record test, the CARA deployed the system, analyzed chemical and biological threat samples, provided detailed sample reports to the test team, and prepared the system for redeployment.
The feedback provided by the CARA informs evaluators and capability developers on effectiveness, suitability and survivability of the system.
“This was a great opportunity for Test Players to provide feedback to improve a system that may be fielded to them,” Sgt. 1st Class Barbara A. Baber, a Research Development Testing and Evaluation NCO with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, said.
The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense employed its Advanced CBRNE Training Branch to conduct an intensive eight-week New Equipment Training Program.
The trainers provided sound instruction and JPEO CBRND used the feedback of the CARA to refine the system ensuring that the best possible solution is provided to the users.
The operational test was led by the Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate, OTC, from Fort Hood.