Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

New Technology Protects GIs Seaports Against NBC

File photo: US marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit land with their military armor in their Kuwaiti naval base, 70 kms south of Kuwait City, 15 May 2005. Photo courteys of Yasser Al-Zayyat and AFP.
by Sgt. Crystal Rothermel
Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (SPX) May 10, 2006
Service members at Kuwait's crucial seaports can focus more on their missions and less on the worries of chemical or biological attacks with the arrival of new NBC warning technology.

The Kuwait Naval Base is the newest recipient of Contamination Avoidance equipment, part of a Department of Defense sponsored program to increase warning, awareness and protection at seaports in the event of contamination.

"If you can detect it, you can avoid it," said Lt. Col. Pete Winston, safety officer in charge of the 143d Transportation Command. "If you avoid it you won't get contaminated."

The CASPOD package at Kuwait Naval Base includes chemical detectors, sensors, computer systems and training. The nearby port of As Shuaybah is also equipped with CASPOD equipment. Together, the ports are the first CASPOD sites in a combat zone.

The technology arrived after years of testing, monitoring and concerns, after a General Accounting Office investigation found shortfalls in decontamination equipment and warning systems at critical points. The CASPOD equipment underwent further tests, demonstrations and improvements. Finally, the package was proposed to U.S. Central Command in 2001.

Today, CASPOD is more versatile than it was in its early stages. "CASPOD is not just for nuclear, biological and chemical warfare," said Chris Vontomaszewski, CASPOD technician for SPOD and KNB. "It is for command, control, emergency response and NBC."

The future of the CASPOD looks even brighter. The system will be simplified and "the ultimate goal is information sharing at a new level," said Vontomaszewski.

Ideally, commanders will have the ability to see data from all ports on a single screen.

Vontomaszewski added that until then, service members living and working in Kuwaiti ports enjoy a safer environment without the danger of a chemical of biological attack. The CASPOD is a proactive step towards protecting lives and property - now and in the future.

"The longevity and future development is important because worldwide political winds do change," he said. "The presence of CASPOD at seaports is a daunting reminder that, in such an event, the equipment is ready to detect any chemical or biological attack."

"In just a matter of days, international matters can change," says Winston. "We are here to defend and protect our forces and people."

He added that future forces may see newer versions of CASPOD - and that the present installation is a stepping stone.

"I understand that some poor chemical officer down the road may have to defend this port," he said. "This will help him."

Related Links

Impact Of A Quick Pullout From Iraq
Washington (UPI) May 09, 2006
The war in Iraq has become increasingly unpopular in America. Many are now calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from there. What, though, would happen if American forces left Iraq suddenly? To address this question, I ran a role playing game in my War on Terrorism class at George Mason University.

  • India Wants US To Lift Remaining Sanctions On Space Technology
  • Koizumi Calls For Japan And US To Update Military Ties
  • Bush's Charm Offensive
  • US Strategy On Ukraine

  • Israel Seen As World's Sixth Nuclear Power
  • Ahmadinejad's Letter Possible 11th Hour Ploy
  • US Confusion Over Future Directions In Iran
  • Iran's Grand Bargain

  • US Air Force Studies German Fuse For Cruise Missile
  • Pakistan Test Fires Long-Range Nuclear Capable Missile
  • MBDA And Raytheon Offer Anti-Aircraft Missiles For Estonia
  • Raytheon Awarded Contract For Patriot Upgrades

  • Japanese Warship Will Join US ABM Test
  • Pakistan Tests Shaheen Missile
  • Canadians Back Beefed-Up NORAD
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $379M Contract For PAC-3 Missile Production

  • Test Pilot Crossfield Killed In Private Plane Crash
  • Aerospace Industry Slow To Embrace New MEMS Technologies
  • BAE Systems To Sell Airbus Stake, EADS Likely Buyers
  • DaimlerChrysler And Lagardere Cut Stake In EADS

  • AAI Receives Order For Nine Additional Shadow 200 Tactical UAVs
  • Boeing Phantom Works to Lead Research On X-48B Blended Wing Body Concept
  • Aerosonde Mk4 UAV Sets New Endurance Mark
  • AVID Developing New UAV Concept For Homeland Security

  • New Technology Protects GIs, Seaports Against NBC
  • Many Cooks Spoiling Iraq's Broth
  • Pentagon Halts Deployment Of 3,500 Troops To Iraq
  • Impact Of A Quick Pullout From Iraq

  • Mine Area Clearance Vehicle Converts For Remote Operations
  • Navy EOD Expanding, Needs Recruits
  • New Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle PUMA Presented
  • NGC Successfully Demonstrates S-Band AESA Radar Capability

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement