Planning for exercises of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) forensic capabilities

Dennis Reutter, Steven E. Schutzer, Charles M. Craft, Jacqueline Fletcher, Frederick L. Fricke, Scott A. Holowachuk, Rudolph C. Johnson, Paul S. Keim, James L. Pearson, Robert W. Sibert, Steve Velsko

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A forensic capability to help identify perpetrators and exclude innocent people should be an integral part of a strategy against terrorist attacks. Exercises have been conducted to increase our preparedness and response capabilities to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorist attacks. However, incorporating forensic components into these exercises has been deficient. CBRN investigations rely on forensic results, so the need to integrate a forensic component and forensics experts into comprehensive exercises is paramount. This article provides guidance for planning and executing exercises at local, state, federal, and international levels that test the effectiveness of forensic capabilities for CBRN threats. The guidelines presented here apply both to situations where forensics is only a component of a more general exercise and where forensics is the primary focus of the exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-355
Number of pages13
JournalBiosecurity and Bioterrorism
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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