CBRNe Defense

DCS has assembled a technical staff with aggregated experience of several hundred years in support of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNe) Defense community. We provide analytical, applied simulation, modeling, and programmatic support for:

  • Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS)
  • Systems Engineering Process (SEP)
  • Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF)
  • Homeland Defense
  • Homeland Security
  • Consequence Management
  • Force Protection
  • Emerging Threats

DCS has a breadth of experience in the performance of CBRNe studies that support CBRNe Defense and Homeland Security operations. DCS develops, demonstrates, and evaluates advanced applied simulation and analysis tools and techniques that support the Simulation and Modeling for Acquisition, Requirements, and Training (SMART). DCS uses the application of simulations and analyses to support the SEP and Simulation-Based Acquisition (SBA).


DCS is a key contributor to the Joint Warning and Reporting Network (JWARN), the primary Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) information system in the United States Military. DCS provides software components and subject matter expertise for CBRN Warning and Reporting in support of this effort.

DCS sits at the heart of JWARN, providing the core software implementation of the NATO Warning and Reporting and Hazard Prediction of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Incidents document (ATP-45 and the companion AEP-45). This encompasses all phases of CBRN information management, including data definitions, incident correlation and hazard prediction.

Additionally, DCS provides formatting tools for message transmission and backwards compatibility, supporting various editions of NATO Message Text Format, United States Message Text Format (USMTF) and Variable Message Format (VMF). This support includes translation between supported formats and format appropriate content validation.

DCS is also the providers of the core Graphical User Interface (GUI) widgets used in JWARN, including the report data entry forms and the components that it is created from. These GUI components are likewise used by DCS to provide CBRN-related tools for use within the JWARN program, such as an implementation of the Emergency Response Guidebook and various nuclear and radiological calculation tools.

The component architecture used by DCS to deliver these capabilities allows them to be easily adapted to other architectures for inclusion in custom software implementations.

CBRNe Hazard Models

CBRNe Defense is a complex process that requires a solid scientific understanding of the chemistry and physics of CBRNe agents and how those agents interact with the environment. DCS deep knowledge of the underlying phenomena allows us to design sensors and countermeasures to effectively respond to CBRNe threats.

Smoke and Obscurant Systems

For thousands of years military forces have created smoke screens or deployed obscurants to hide movements or defeat enemy targeting. For over thirty years, DCS’ scientists and engineers have assisted the US government in evaluating the effectiveness of smokes and obscurants in battlefield scenarios. Our primary emphasis has been in modeling smoke and obscurant systems’ abilities to protect combat vehicles from sophisticated electro-optical sensors and advanced weapon systems. During this period we have developed and utilized various software models and simulations to assist in the design of smoke/obscurant systems and evaluate their effectiveness. The Smoke System Performance Model (SSPM) simulates the smoke/obscurant clouds created by combat vehicle mounted grenade and engine smoke systems, and how those clouds evolve over time. We have developed the Tactical Image Model (TIM) which simulates the capabilities of electro-optical imaging systems to “see” targets in obscured conditions. We have also developed versions of TIM which model the capabilities of tactical missiles to track targets in obscured environments, and incorporated obscurant modeling into a variety of combat simulations.


  • Design vehicle self-screening obscurant systems
  • Evaluated new obscurant concepts for defeating infrared and millimeter wave target acquisition sensors
  • Simulate obscurant system effectiveness as one components of an integrated survivability suite
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