DEFENSE RESPONSE TO CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR (CBRN) INCIDENTS IN THE HOMELAND
|Publication Date:||7 May 2015|
Purpose. This instruction provides Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) policy guidance and operational instructions for Department of Defense (DoD) response to CBRN incidents in the homeland. For the purposes of this instruction, response refers to those actions necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after a CBRN incident has occurred.
a. This instruction is applicable to the Joint Staff (JS), the Services, Defense Agencies, Combatant Commands, and the National Guard Bureau (NGB). It is provided for information and coordination to the Secretary of Defense (SecDef) and the appropriate U.S. Government (USG) departments and agencies.
b. Defense CBRN response operations in the homeland are those conducted within the United States, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, federally recognized tribal areas, and any territory or possession of the United States or any political subdivision thereof.
c. This instruction does not apply to planning for or conduct of defense support for CBRN incidents on foreign territory that is addressed in reference b.