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Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams


General Resources

    WMD-CST Fact Sheet, created by 103rd WMD-CST, AK

    NGB Homeland Security Task Force list of bioterrorism and other cbrne and homeland security documents

    Management of National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Defense Audit Report No. D-2001-043 January 31, 2001
    (PDF version)

    Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), NORTHCOM component

      The mission of JTF-CS is to provide command and control for Department of Defense (DoD) forces deployed in support of the lead federal agency (LFA) managing the consequences of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incident in the United States, its territories and possessions in order to save lives, prevent injury and provide temporary critical life support.

    Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST)

      According to Chapter 7 of 2001 DoD Annual Report to the President and the Congress, "Their mission will be to deploy rapidly, assist local first responders in determining the precise nature of an incident, provide expert medical and technical advice, and help pave the way for the identification and arrival of follow-on military support. Unless federalized, the CSTs will remain state National Guard assets that can be quickly accessed by proximate governors."
      See Factsheet and additional info

    Weapons of Mass Destruction: Civil Support Teams - summary at Center for Army Lessons Learned, from NFTF Nov-Dec 2001, Chapter 1

      The CST mission is to assess a suspected WMD attack, advise civilian responders on appropriate actions, and facilitate the arrival of additional state and Federal military forces. Each team consists of 22 full-time Army and Air National Guardsmen and is broken down into six smaller teams -- command, operations, communications, administration and logistics, medical, and survey -- that have been trained and equipped to provide a technical capability to "reach back" to other experts who can assist the incident commander. In essence, these "scouts" are a unique military capability. They can deploy rapidly to a suspected or actual terrorist attack, conduct special reconnaissance to determine the effects of the attack, provide situational understanding to military command channels and technical consultation to local authorities on managing the effects of the attack to minimize the impact on the civilian population, and facilitate follow-on military support performing validated civilian requests for assistance.

    Unified Command Suite (UCS)

      highly mobile, fielded communications system employed in support of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (CSTs). The UCS provides real-time voice, data, and video connectivity (classified and unclassified) between CST members, local and state emergency response agencies, lead federal agencies and supporting military activities. . The UCS operates in both urban and undeveloped areas, using portable and fixed equipment. The UCS consists of a combination of standard commercial and existing military equipment to provide the full range of communications necessary to support the CST mission

    DoD WMD-CST homepage

    GlobalSecurity.org's WMD-CST page, includes list of the non-federal state WMD-CST teams

    News article about the 2nd WMD-CST, with photos

    Preparing the U.S. Army for Homeland Security: Concepts, Issues, and Options, a RAND publication


Sources for Training


Lessons Learned

    See AWC Gateway to Lessons Learned especially WMD Lessons and Lessons for Responders

    Team Hears 'We've Been Waiting for You' When Public Safety's at Risk -- 2nd CST (with photos)

      The team brings unique capabilities to local first responders, and they have been called at least 38 times since Sept. 11 .... They've worked with New York City emergency management agencies to ensure public safety at such events as the New York City marathon, and the American League playoff and World Series games at Yankee Stadium last year.

    from the Center for Army Lessons Learned

      "Civil Support Team in Action," TQ 3-02, by Borel
        Lessons Learned from the Deployment of the 2nd Civil Support Team (CST), New York National Guard (NYNG), in Response to the World Trade Center Attack on September 11, 2001

      "Lessons in Planning for a terrorist attack on the Super Bowl," TQ 4-02

        by the 62nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, Louisiana National Guard (WMD-CST, LANG)


State, Regional, and Federal Contacts


State Guard Pages


Federal WMD-CST Teams

    WMD-CST Fact Sheet, created by 103rd WMD-CST, AK

    The National Defense Authorization Act for 2003 called for a total of 55 CSTs, ensuring that there would be at least one team in "each of the several States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands."
    1stMassachusettsNatickFY9915 Aug 01
    2ndNew YorkScotiaFY9926 Jul 01
    3rdPennsylvaniaAnnvilleFY9929 Aug 01
    4thGeorgiaDobbins ARBFY9917 Oct 01
    5thIllinoisBartonvilleFY9929 Aug 01
    6thTexasAustinFY9915 Aug 01
    7thMissouriFt Leonard WoodFY9914 Aug 01
    8thColoradoAuroraFY9926 Jul 01
    9thCalifornia-SouthLos AlamitosFY9929 Aug 01
    10thWashingtonTacomaFY9926 Jul 01
    103rdAlaskaFt RichardsonFY0012 Mar 02
    61stArkansasLittle RockFY0028 Jan 02
    91stArizonaPhoenixFY0011 Jan 02
    95thCalifornia - NorthHaywardFY0028 Jan 02
    44thFloridaStarkFY0028 Jan 02
    93rdHawaiiHonoluluFY0030 Apr 02
    71stIowaJohnstonFY0028 Jan 02
    101stIdahoBoiseFY0011 Jan 02
    41stKentuckyLouisvilleFY0011 Jan 02
    62ndLouisianaCarvilleFY0017 Dec 01
    11thMaineWatervilleFY0015 Jan 02
    55thMinnesotaSt PaulFY0017 Dec 01
    64thNew MexicoSanta FeFY0028 Jan 02
    52ndOhioColumbusFY0026 Feb 02
    63rdOklahomaOklahoma CityFY0028 Jan 02
    43rdSouth CarolinaEastoverFY0011 Jan 02
    34thVirginiaBlackstoneFY0028 Jan 02
    46thAlabamaMontgomeryFY0106 Mar 03
    73rdKansasTopekaFY0114 Mar 03
    51stMichiganAugustaFY0105 Feb 03
    45thTennesseeSmyrnaFY0105 Feb 03
    35thWest VirginiaSt. AlbansFY0105 Feb 03
    14thConnecticutWindsorlock FY0424 Jul 06
    21stNew JerseyFort DixFY0428 Nov 05
    42ndNorth CarolinaGreenvilleFY0424 Jul 06
    53rdIndianaIndianapolisFY0428 Nov 05
    54thWisconsinMadisonFY048 Feb 06
    32ndMarylandFort MeadeFY0421 Sep 06
    102ndOregonSalemFY0424 Jul 06
    47thMississippiJacksonFY0421 Sep 06
    85thUtahLehiFY0430 May 07
    92ndNevadaLas VegasFY0430 May 07
    72ndNebraskaLincoln FY048 Feb 06
    13thRhode IslandCoventry FY0424 Jul 06
    33rdD.C.D.C.FY056 Apr 07
    31stDelawareSmyrnaFY051 Feb 07
    94thGuamJuan MunaFY05N/A
    83rdMontanaHelenaFY051 Feb 07
    81stNorth DakotaBismarckFY051 Feb 07
    12thNew HampshireConcordFY051 Feb 07
    22ndPuerto RicoFort BuchananFY0518 Dec 07
    82ndSouth DakotaRapid CityFY0513 Jul 07
    23rdU.S. Virgin IslandsSt. CroixFY05N/A
    15thVermontSouth BurlingtonFY051 Feb 07
    84thWyomingCheyenneFY0514 Mar 07
    * Estab. = the year Congress approved the establishment of that unit.


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