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Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate
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RCMD Overview 

RCMD History 

RCMD Achievements    

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Organization Overview

The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA) Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate (RCMD) provides centralized management and direction to the Department of Defense (DoD) for the assessment and destruction of recovered chemical warfare materiel (RCWM) in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
In support of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which provides time limitations and international oversight of RCWM destruction, RCMD maintains destruction technology and personnel expertise to destroy RCWM around the country. RCMD personnel and equipment provide:

  • Tools, tactics and technologies to strengthen the knowledgebase in the assessment and destruction of chemical warfare materiel (CWM). 
  • Proven transportable assessment and destruction technologies to quickly respond to unplanned CWM recoveries on site, often in response to CWM unearthed during range clearing operations and from burial sites.
  • Flexible assessment and destruction options to chemical stockpile destruction challenges, augmenting the Program Executive Office for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives. ​
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Organization History

The U.S. Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project (NSCMP) was created in 1992 to support the assessment and treatment of chemical warfare materiel that was not part of the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. NSCMP's expertise has transferred to the Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate (RCMD), U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA). RCMD leads the nation in the development and utilization of advanced technology to treat recovered chemical warfare materiel.

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RCMD Historical
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RCMD leads the nation in the development and use of advanced technology to treat recovered chemical warfare materiel, while protecting the public, its workers and the environment. As of September 2015, RCMD had destroyed more than 2,237 items using the EDS, in a steadily growing record of safety and efficiency. Click here to view RCMD’s achievements.

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 RCMD Director



Laurence G. Gottschalk/RCMD/Documents/RCMD_Leadership_BIO.pdfLaurence G. GottschalkLaurence G. GottschalkDirector, Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate