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The U.S. Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project's Explosive Destruction System
The U.S. Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project's Explosive Destruction System can treat up to six chemical warfare materiel items simultaneously on site. The transportable system contains all blast, vapor and metal fragments - protecting the surrounding environment and its operators. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)
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The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity’s Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project (NSCMP) provides centralized management and direction to the Department of Defense (DoD) for the disposal of recovered chemical warfare materiel (RCWM) in a safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective manner in compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Assessment systems

The first step in responding to recovered chemical warfare materiel is determining what is inside the suspect chemical item. NSCMP's assessment systems allow operators to determine the contents of a suspect chemical item without opening it. These non-invasive assessment systems – the Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy System, Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography System, and Raman Spectrometer – use X-rays, gamma rays and lasers to identify and characterize the presence of chemical agent, allowing for proper handling and treatment.

These systems are part of a mobile command center known as the Mobile Munitions Assessment System, which can transmit data back to headquarters for analysis.

Learn more about how NSCMP determines the contents of suspect chemical items, without opening them, through our interactive presentation, Non-Stockpile Assessment Presentation [35MB ppt]

Treatment systems

Mobile treatment systems developed by NSCMP – the Explosive Destruction System and Single CAIS Access and Neutralization System – provide safe and environmentally sound treatment of chemical warfare materiel at any location.

Success Stories

Successful field deployments of assessment and treatment systems demonstrate NSCMP's expertise and commitment to safety of the public and the environment. Learn more about success stories here.

Treaty Milestones

NSCMP leads in the nation in the development and use of advanced technology to treat recovered chemical warfare materiel. In 1997, the United States entered into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), an international treaty requiring the destruction of chemical weapons. The U.S. Army assigned NSCMP with four destruction missions. NSCMP safely completed all four mission areas ahead of treaty schedule: Declared Recovered Chemical Warfare Material, Binary Chemical Weapons, Former Production Facilities, and Miscellaneous Chemical Warfare Materiel.

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Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography system [724KB pdf] 6/11/2012 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD  - The DRCT can produce a conventional digital X-ray image of a munition or overpack up to 12 inches in diameter and 44 inches long in approximately three minutes.

Raman Spectrometer [1,869KB pdf] 6/11/2012 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD  - The U.S. Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project (NSCMP) developed the Raman Spectrometer to non-intrusively identify and evaluate the contents contained in Chemical Agents Identification Sets (CAIS).

Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS) [1,266KB pdf] 6/11/2012 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD  - The U.S. Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Material Project uses the Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS) system to identify elements within closed munitions by detecting gamma rays, similar to x-rays.

Single CAIS Access and Neutralization System [1,272KB pdf] 6/11/2012 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD  - The U.S. Army NSCMP developed the SCANS, a hand-held, chemical treatment container used to access and treat CAIS items containing the chemical agents mustard (H) or lewisite (L).

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Every month inspectors observe operations to ensure treaty compliance.

In 1941, the War Department (now the Department of Defense) established Pine Bluff Arsenal (PBA), Ark.

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NSCMP Completes Mission

The Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project (NSCMP) completed a major milestone April 14 at the Pine Bluff Explosive Destruction System (PBEDS) at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark., destroying more than 1,200 recovered chemical warfare materiel (RCWM) items at PBA. This marks destruction of all non-stockpile materiel declared upon the US Entry-Into-Force of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Project Manager for Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Laurence Gottschalk called the milestone is the result of planning, coordination and teamwork. NSCMP led a team that includes Pine Bluff Arsenal, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, 20th Support Command, CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity-West, Sandia National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation and supporting work forces. “This is a major achievement for our PBEDS team as well as a significant milestone in the non-stockpile program,” Gottschalk said. NSCMP maintains five Explosive Destruction System (EDS) units to destroy RCWM around the country. For more information, please go to

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