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The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense

Programs (DASD-CBD) is another civilian official on the OSD staff. The position is

subordinate to the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) and the Under

Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD-ATL). The

DASD-CBD serves as the single focal-point within OSD responsible for oversight,

coordination, and integration of chemical and biological defense programs.11

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) is the DASD-CBD’s principal

and most relevant program to the focus of this paper. However, it is important to note

that this is not the only area the DASD-CBD is responsible for. For example, all of

America’s chemical weapons stockpile disposal is within the oversight and direction of

this office. The CBDP, on the other hand, is primarily a RDA activity. According to the

Fiscal Year 2200--Fiscal Year 2001 Joint Service CBDP Overview, the mission of the

DoD CBDP is to “allow the military forces of the United States to survive and

successfully complete their operational missions in battlespace environments

contaminated with CB warfare agents.” The overview goes on to state that the CBDP

provides “materiel and systems to support the activities of training, doctrine, and military

operations.” However, these activities are the responsibility of the Military Departments

and the Commanders-in-Chief.12

The most recent CBDP Annual Report to Congress helps clarify DASD-CBD’s

principal responsibility; “The vision, missions, values, and goals of the CBDP are

focused on Research Development and Acquisition (RDA) activities.”13 This report

makes it clear that all RDA of chemical and biological defense systems within DoD are


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