Research and Technology Directorate
The Research and Technology (R&T) Directorate operates within the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC). R&T has more than 400 employees, including more than 100 PhD staff members, with chemistry, biology, physiology and engineering expertise.
The R&T Directorate specializes in the research and development of innovative technological solutions to solve chemical and biological defense threats to our nation—both abroad and on the homeland. R&T is funded by many government and private-industry agencies for scientific research and development work, including the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
As a trusted consultant and solution provider, R&T has played a lead advisory role during national emergencies. For example, during the nationwide anthrax scare, R&T employees identified the risks associated with handling mail laced with anthrax. R&T also held educational trainings with United States Postal Service workers and first responders throughout the Baltimore-Washington region. R&T employees supported nearly all domestic agencies following the events of September 11, 2001.
The R&T Directorate comprises five divisions and multiple branches with experts in specific areas:
- Chemical-Biological Protection and Decontamination
- Chemical Sciences
- Physics Sciences
- Toxicology and Obscurants