Pentagon, Arlington Chemical Test Roundtable Announced

The first two weeks of March are the target timeframe for this weather-dependant event.

We’re wondering if this will be conducted at the same time as Cyber Storm II (scheduled for March 10-14). — PID

Feb 28, 2008 (DEFENSELINK) — The Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosives Directorate (PFPA-CBRNE), in cooperation with Arlington County, will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of a simulated chemical release in an urban area In early March,. This cooperative test will occur in the Crystal City area and will provide valuable information for both Arlington County’s and the Pentagon’s response to a chemical attack.

The study, called the Crystal City Urban Transport Study (CCUTS), will involve releasing a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and inert tracer gas that poses no health or safety hazards to people or the environment. These tracer gases are used commercially for leak detection and building ventilation efforts and were used in a similar atmospheric study in Manhattan, New York in 2005.