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The U.S. Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project's Explosive Destruction System
The 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 Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate (RCMD) – formerly the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project -- provides centralized management and direction to the Department of Defense for assessment and destruction of recovered chemical warfare materiel (RCWM) in a safe and environmentally sound manner in compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, an international treaty requiring the destruction of chemical weapons.

Assessment systems

Safe treatment of RCWM relies on assessment, packaging and storage before the destruction solution is deployed. RCMD's proven assessment systems allow operators to determine the contents of a suspect chemical item without opening it. These non-invasive assessment systems 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 incorporated into a vehicle known as the Mobile Munitions Assessment System, which transports the items to the site, provides support during operations, and transmits data back to headquarters for analysis.

Treatment systems

When items are identified as chemical-filled, treatment technologies safely and effectively destroy munitions of all shapes and sizes – providing complete containment of the destruction process while protecting operators, the community and environment. RCMD maintains and deploys the following destruction technologies:

Ongoing mission support

RCMD possesses the programmatic, logistic and project management expertise to meet the needs of any RCWM challenge. RCMD continues to enhance, expand and redevelop technologies for the RCWM program.

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DF (Methylphosphonic Difluoride) [977KB pdf] 9/1/2015 Pine Bluff, AR  - Pine Bluff Arsenal produced the precursor chemical methylphosphonic difluoride, or DF, at its Integrated Binary Production Facilities (IBPF) in the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the United States’ Binary Chemical Weapons Program.

QL (Diisopropyl Aminoethylmethyl Phosphonite) [977KB pdf] 9/1/2015 Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood Area, MD  - QL served as one of the two non-lethal chemicals designed to mix together inside a munition while in flight to a target to form the lethal chemical VX.

Materiel Assessment Review Board [1,160KB pdf] 8/1/2015 Aberdeen, MD  - The U.S. Department of Defense has tested and disposed of chemical warfare materiel at military installations in the United States and its territories since 1918.

Large Item Transportable Access and Neutralization System [1,069KB pdf] 8/1/2015 Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood Area, MD  - The Large Item Transportable Access and Neutralization System (LITANS) is being designed to treat large recovered chemical warfare materiel items.

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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 http://www.cma.army.mil/pbeds.aspx.


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