20th CBRNE Command - Profiles

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20th CBRNE Command

U.S. Army
Work AFCB-PA 2400 21st Street Aberdeen Proving Ground 21010 United States Work Phone: (410) 436-0330 Website: U.S. Army 20th CBRNE Profile


The 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear,and Explosives (CBRNE) Command exercises mission command over assigned U.S. Forces Command (FORSCOM) CBRN and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) forces; on order, provides CBRN and EOD forces to Army and Joint, Interorganizational, Multinational (JIM) headquarters; on order deploys Joint Task Force – Elimination (JTF-E) headquarters in support of COCOM requirements.

The 20th CBRNE Command gives the Army and the nation a scalable response capability with the flexibility to operate in a variety of environments, from urban areas to austere sites across the spectrum of military operations.

The 20th CBRNE Command is composed of more than 5,000 military and civilian employees dispersed across 19 installations in 16 states. Subordinate elements include:

  • CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity (CARA)
  • 48th Chemical Brigade
  • 52d Ordnance Group (EOD)
  • 71st Ordnance Group (EOD)
  • Consequence Management Group

Highlighted 20th CBRNE Command capabilities include:

  • Consulting on situations requiring CBRNE expertise
  • Incident management command and control for technical support assets
  • Threat sample collection for analysis under all conditions
  • Sample chain of custody procedures meeting law enforcement standards
  • Detection of chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, biological agents, radiological agents, nuclear material, and explosive hazards
  • Real-time CBRNE threat monitoring
  • Decontamination of precious cargo, chemical/biological (CB) equipment
  • Secure packaging and escort of hazardous material
  • Safe rendering of explosively configured devices and munitions
  • Rendering facility/equipment inoperable for use by the enemy


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