Chemical Warfare Material (CWM)

Background

Chemical warfare materials (CWM) (i.e., chemical munitions and chemical agents in non-munitions configurations) that were expended during live-fire training or testing are known or suspected to be present at munitions response sites (CWM sites) and other locations (e.g., operational ranges). Such CWM is not part of DOD's stockpile demilitarization program.

Program Drivers

  • Public Law (PL) 104-208
  • PL 105-261
  • PL 109-364, Section 314

Program Oversight

Program oversight for DOD's CWM has been delegated to the ASA (IE&E).

Program Activities

CWM sites are located on Army Active installations, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) sites, and Formally Used Defense Sites (FUDS). Only recently (first used in early 2000) has technology for both determining the potential fill of munitions with an unknown liquid fill and onsite destruction of any recovered CWM been available to use.

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