Demilitarization Laboratory Support

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The Demilitarization Laboratory Support Section in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) develops and provides specialized technology to support the destruction of U.S. Army chemical agent stockpiles. The department provided full chemical agent monitoring and laboratory services to the U.S. Army's first production-scale demilitarization facility at Johnston Atoll, known as the Johnson Atoll Chemical Agent Demilitarization System (JACADS). Additionally, the department provided monitoring and laboratory services to the Pine Bluff Chemical Demilitarization Facility (PBCDF), the Newport Chemical Disposal Facility (NECDF) and the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF). It also supports the Program Manager of Chemical Demilitarization by developing new chemical agent monitoring technologies and designing and evaluating advanced analytical methodologies for the identification of chemical agents and potential interferences. As part of the alternative technologies program research, new methods are developed and validated for neutralizing and destroying chemical agent stockpiles and remediating contaminated sites. The department operates a certified surety laboratory capable of handling chemical agents in a safe and secure environment.

Darrel W. Johnston, Manager

Demilitarization Laboratory Support Technical Strengths

  • Environmental monitoring and laboratory services for demilitarization facilities
  • Design, fabrication, and testing of advanced monitoring instrumentation
  • Bench-scale neutralization and destruction technology assessments
  • Development of new techniques for detection and quantification of chemical agents in air, water, soil and complex media
  • Chemical and Biological Weapons of Mass Destruction Demilitarization and Research
  • Biological Threat Reduction Integration Contracts (BTRIC) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP)
  • Countering Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) emerging threat defense research
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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.