Chemical Biological Application & Risk Reduction (CBARR)




Personnel Profile

Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) mission is to perform global Chemical and Biological (CB) operations in a safe, secure and environmentally sound manner.

Be the recognized leader in providing integrated CB solutions for customers worldwide.

200 field-deployable scientists, engineers, technicians and operators located in Edgewood, Md. and Pine Bluff, Ark.

Specialized Skills/Certifications

  • 150 Chemical/Biological Personnel Reliability Program-certified individuals
  • Highly trained and experienced workforce - certified, vaccinated, cleared and mobile

CBARR Capabilities:

Deployable Lab Services

Laboratory Support

Field Operations

Live Agent Operations

Risk Management & Training

Facilities & Equipment

Partnering with CBARR:

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's (ECBC) team of experienced scientists, engineers and technicians routinely develop and refine new technologies, many of which may assist not only the Warfighter but also other government entities, industry and academia. If you are in need of ECBC services, doing business with us has never been easier. Through our Technology Transfer Office, we have in place a variety of agreements and funding mechanisms that can be rapidly activated so you can readily access our expertise and facilities. These include:

  • Patent License Agreement
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
  • Technology Support Agreement
  • Memorandum of Agreement
  • Memorandum of Understanding Support Agreement (Interagency Agreement)
  • Broad Agency Announcement Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

For information on any of these programs, please contact ECBC's Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) at or call 410-436-4438.

Support Profiles

Recent Success Stories:

  • Field Operations and Laboratory Analysis Support OPCW Mission (2 Dec 2013)
    2013 Nobel Peace Prize winner serves as standard for chemical demilitarization efforts
  • ECBC Partners with JPM-Elimination for Personnel Decontamination Training (26 Nov 2013)
    Mandatory training incorporates hands-on exercises and classroom instruction
  • ECBC transitions new WMD elimination technology to JPEO-CBD (August 1)
    Demonstration draws DoD stakeholders to Edgewood Area of APG
  • Recovered munition processed at MAPS facility (July 22)
    CBARR’s Process Technology Branch conducts ‘drill and sample’ operation
  • ECBC technical experts to operate EDS at Pueblo Pilot Plant (July 3)
    The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) has a special team of operators, technicians and chemists—the Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) Business Unit—that are qualified to operate the system, which was designed for the safe destruction of chemical munitions.
  • Field work brings CBARR home to Edgewood (June 24)
    Monitoring aids characterization project for WWII-era buildings
  • Cut-resistant safety gloves lower risk of onsite injury (June 4)
    The Application Integration Branch adopts protective equipment for onsite filter maintenance across Edgewood. Since the 2010 ECBC Industrial Incident Evaluation, the number of hand injuries within the organization has decreased significantly.

  • In The News:

    Disclaimer: All links in this section are not associated with the Department of Defense and is not offical Department of Defense messaging

    FDHS - Field Deployable Hydrolysis System:

  • Popular Science: "The Year in Science 2014" (19 Dec 2013)
  • CBS Evening News: "U.S. prepares to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons" (17 Dec 2013)
  • NPR: Destruction Plan to be announced for Syrian chemical weapons (17 Dec 2013)
  • I-95 Business Magazine: "Striving for a World Free of Chemical Weapons" (Dec 2013)
  • National Journal: How the U.S. Will Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons (4 Dec 2013)
  • Reuters: "U.S. ship Cape Ray readied for possible chemical arms destruction" (1 Dec 2013)
  • Chemical & Engineering News: "Eliminating Syria's Chemical Arsenal" (18 Nov 2013)
  • Washington Post: "Syria shows signs of preparing to surrender its chemical-weapons stockpile " (October 5, 2013)
  • New York Times: "Plan for Ridding Syria of Chemical Arms Includes Brute Force and Chemistry" (October 5, 2013)

  • Other CBARR Placement

  • Army Chemical Review: The professional bulletin of the Chemical Corps: "ECBC Partners with Universities for Advanced Research Initiatives" (Summer 2013)
  • Food Science & Technology: The journal of the Institute of Food Science and Technology: "Food Contamination: How the U.S. Army is preventing, detecting and analyzing sticky situations" (August 2013)
  • I-95 Business Magazine: "Unintended Consequences: Loss of Critical Training and Development Budget" (August/September 2013)
  • Tactical Defense Media: CST+CBRNE Magazine: "ECBC: A Premier Resource for CBRNE Defense" (Winter 2012/13)
  • APG News: "U.S. Army samples ocean floor for HUMMA project" (February 2013)

    • CBARR Videos
    • CBARR Products

    The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System

    The FDHS is a transportable, high through put neutralization system designed to convert chemical warfare materiel into compounds not usable as weapons. Neutralization is facilitated through chemical reactions involving reagents that are mixed and heated to optimize throughput with a destruction efficiency of 99.9 percent. This video is a quick animation of how the process takes place.

    CBARR help to assess munitions dumped off Pearl Harbor 70 years ago

    CBARR is on location in Hawaii working to assess munitions that were dumped in Pearl Harbor some 70 years ago.

    ECBC Munition Disposal Operations

    ECBC’s Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) Business Unit has 200 field-deployable scientists, engineers, technicians and operators that are certified and ready for missions where conventional munitions are recovered and need to be safely destroyed. This video highlights the unique capability of the T-30 Transportable Detonation Chamber (TDC), a system designed to provide high throughput, safe destruction of explosively configured and conventional munitions.


    CBARR Overview Briefing

    CBARR Information Brochure

    CBARR Newsletter Archives