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Homeland Security

FM 3-11.22 C1

Change 1
Field Manual
No. 3-11.22
Department of the Army
Washington, DC, 10 December 2007
Change 1, 31 March 09


FM 3-11.22

Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team Operations

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The potential for terrorist activities directed against United States (U.S.) citizens and interests worldwide has become an increasingly serious threat. In an effort to counter this threat, the U.S. Government has implemented a number of measures to enhance the Nation’s ability to deter, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist activities within the United States, its territories, and possessions. The establishment of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)–Civil Support Team (CST) program is one of the measures that has been implemented to support the defense of the Homeland.

The WMD-CST program mission is to support civil authorities at domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) incident sites by identifying CBRNE agents and substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with appropriate requests for additional support. This includes the intentional or unintentional release of CBRNE and natural or man-made disasters in the United States that result, or could result, in the catastrophic loss of life or property. As the “state governors’ 911 forces for WMD,” WMD-CSTs provide direct support to the front lines of local, state, and federal emergency response organizations. WMD-CST operations are conducted primarily in civil environments—urban, rural, industrial, or suburban areas—and in hot or cold weather. WMD-CSTs currently operate within the United States, its territories, and possessions while in Title 10 U.S. Code (USC) or Title 32 USC status.

This manual serves as the foundation for WMD-CST doctrine and focuses on the organization, mission, command and control (C2), and operations of the WMD-CST. It discusses employment concepts, planning considerations, capabilities, and the type of support that WMD-CSTs can provide during a response. This information should be shared with key decision makers at local, state, and federal levels.

Unless stated otherwise, masculine nouns or pronouns do not refer exclusively to men. The term state does not refer exclusively to the 50 United States but also includes the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The term adjutant general does not refer exclusively to the adjutants general of the 50 states and territories, but also includes the commanding general (CG) of the District of Columbia.

This publication applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the United States Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated.

The proponent for this publication is the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Send comments and recommendations on Department of the Army (DA) Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Commandant, U.S. Army Chemical School, ATTN: ATZT-TDD-C, 320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 220, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8929. Submit an electronic DA Form 2028 or comments and recommendations in the DA Form 2028 format by e-mail to <leon.mdottddcbrndoc@conus.army.mil>.

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