Archive for October 6th, 2009

Military Medical Support During CBRN Crises

Usually, the U.S. military keeps a pretty tight lid on any and all field manuals and training materiel concerning chemical, biological, radiological, and/or nuclear (i.e. CBRN) crises, so I was a bit surprised to note that Field Manual 4-02.7, which lumbers under the title “Multiservice Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Health Service Support in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Environment” was posted in its entirety online recently. It covers about what you’d expect from the title, in a surprising amount of detail for something “approved for public release”.

You can view the manual at the link above, or you can download a PDF copy here (6.29MB), in case the Army decided to make the other version disappear.

The most interesting parts, if you want to skip all the really technical and incomprehensibly acronym- and abbreviation-ridden parts, are probably this appendix, which details the various CBRN response and defense capabilities of the different branches of service, and this bit, which outlines the military’s CBRN support role in “homeland defense”. Just for kicks – and because I’m a fan of useless information – I’d suggest also checking out the chapter on veterinary support and food and water safety, particularly the bit about “Signs of Nerve Agent Intoxication in Military Working Dogs”, which I expect is probably something you never really thought about before, right? 🙂

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