CCMRFCBRNE Consequence Management Response Force
CCMRFCommon Cause Medical Research Foundation
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The CCMRF began with the 2007 release of the "National Strategy for Homeland Security." (1) The report emphasized the continuing threat that terrorist organizations posed to the United States through their potential use of weapons of mass destruction, which the Department of Defense (DOD) characterizes in terms of CBRNE materials.
At its core, CCMRF is about "Americans helping Americans" when civil support and National Guard forces have been overwhelmed.
(3) The CBRNE CCMRF is a federal military task force comprised of both Active and Reserve component capabilities.
Since then, three brigades have been scheduled to serve as Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Consequence Management Reaction Forces (CCMRFs).
However, until the Integrated Planning System and its associated plans are complete, DOD's plans and those of other federal and state entities will not be integrated, and it will remain unclear whether DOD's CCMRF will address potential gaps in capabilities.
In an emergency, CCMRF would conduct search-and-rescue missions, extract casualties or decontaminate victims after a nuclear, chemical or biological attack.
From here on, said Belk, CCMRF will have "unique training" in disaster recovery, with "equipment and personnel that cannot be found anywhere else in the federal government." She insisted that, in adherence to Posse Comitatus, the forces would not be enforcing the law.
In order to shorten response time to authorize the use of a CCMRF in a homeland emergency, the units will report directly to NORTHCOM at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Figure 2 breaks down requirements by class of supply for a full CCMRF response force.
A CCMRF capability is employed at the request of the Department of Homeland Security or other designated lead agency when the effects of a CBRNE incident exceed state and local capabilities.
The desktop exercises are "effective enough," says Ronald Hessdoerfer, who oversees the CCMRF's computer assisted training drills.
Specialty groups within CCMRF can detect and measure the strength and pervasiveness of hazardous emissions, said Lt.