Domestic Preparedness met with Colonel Patrick Sharon, USA, Deputy Director, Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense. The deputy director of the Pentagon’s Joint Requirements Office (JRO) for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense discusses what his office is implementing in the field of CBRN defense and its applications for support to civil authorities.
DomPrep has divided the 54 minute interview into six segments.
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Listen to Audio Segment One JRO Support For Consequence Management
The JRO role in institutionalizing modernization and sustainment of the National Guard’s WMD-CSTs (Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Teams) and in modernizing the Unified Command System (UCS) and Analytical Laboratory System of the U.S. Northern Command (NorthCom).
Duration: 12 Minutes 38 Seconds
Listen to Audio Segment Two JROentification of Capability Needs
The JRO role in technology experimentation. Using capability-based assessments to establish the joint priority list for CBRN defense (which incorporates Coast Guard input).
Duration: 7 Minutes 43 Seconds
Listen to Audio Segment Three JRO and Fusing CBRN Defense Information
Moving beyond battlefield detection to CBRN characterization, modeling, and simulation, as well as predictive capabilities. A discussion of the Joint Effects Model (JEM), the Joint Operational Effects Federation (JOEF), and the Joint Warning and Reporting Network (JWARN)
Duration: 7 Minutes 59 Seconds
Listen to Audio Segment Four The JRO and Sensor Initiatives
Moving from “detection to treat” to “detection to warn” and from point to stand-off biological detection. Addressing the TIC/TIM (toxic industrial chemical and toxic industrial material) threat. Developing decontamination solutions that require less use of water and caustics.
Duration: 14 Minutes 15 Seconds
Listen to Audio Segment Five Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics
JRO’s coordination of medical NBC defense requirements. Medical diagnostics and the Joint Biological Agent Detection System (JBADS) and its on-site diagnostic capabilities. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) Transformational Medical Technology Initiative (TMTI) for medical countermeasures and its focus on therapeutics.
Duration: 5 Minutes 58 Seconds
Listen to Audio Segment Six CBRN Training
Civilian first-responder CBRN training opportunities at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The JRO’s web-based approach to training. https://web.archive.org/web/20070801170841/https://jro-cbrnd.cbiac.apgea.army.mil/Home.aspx
Duration: 5 Minutes 25 Seconds
Colonel Patrick J. Sharon, an Army Chemical Corps officer now serving as deputy director of the Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense on the Joint Staff of the Department of Defense, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University and Master of Science degrees from Central Michigan University, the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the National Defense University. The recipient of numerous military awards and campaign ribbons, he has served in various command and staff billets both in the United States and overseas, including duty as brigade chemical officer of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, during combat service in Operation Desert Storm. Prior to assuming his current post he was deputy director for counterproliferation policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.
Colonel Patrick Sharon, Deputy Director, Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense. The deputy director of the Pentagon’s Joint Requirements Office (JRO) for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense discusses what his office is implementing in the field of CBRN defense and its applications for support to civil authorities.
John F. Morton
John F. Morton is the Strategic Advisor for DomPrep. He is also the Homeland Security Team Lead for the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). A member of the DomPrep team since its founding, he has served as managing editor for writer assignments and interviewer for scores of DomPrep audio interviews.