Leaders from Army Materiel Command, AMRDEC, the DoD Chemical and Biological Defense Program, Army Test and Evaluation Command, as well as several Congressional Defense Committee staff members, met in the AMRDEC Soldier Protection Lab June 22 to review program progress and receive a demonstration of JUPITR capability.

AMRDEC expertise in modeling, simulation contributes to chemical, biological defense

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (June 29, 2016) — The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s expertise in system
integration, modeling and simulation is contributing to foreign chemical and
biological defense for the Joint U.S. Forces Korea Portal and Integrated
Threat Recognition program, also known as JUPITR.

JUPITR, a program led by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical
and Biological Defense and supported by the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical
Biological Center, will provide chemical and biological detection capabilities to decrease soldier workload, lower operational costs, increase performance and create a stronger chemical and biological defense capability throughout South Korea.

Leaders from Army Materiel Command, AMRDEC, the DoD Chemical and Biological Defense Program, Army Test and Evaluation Command, as well as several Congressional Defense Committee staff members, met in the AMRDEC Soldier Protection Lab June 22 to review program progress and receive a demonstration of JUPITR capability. CBRN defense personnel from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense and Royal Navy were also present. The event highlighted the collaboration between AMRDEC and CBDP necessary for the JUPITR capability to be fielded to USFK.

“We are proud to support the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense for this critical effort,” AMRDEC Director James
Lackey said. “AMRDEC’s value is our expertise in modeling and systems of systems integration. We are not the subject matter expert in chemical and
biological sensors themselves. That is done elsewhere in the Army.”

“JUPITR integrates four specific capabilities into a system that provides
commander a multi-layered approach to their biosurveillance and force
protection mission,” said JPEO-CBD’s Experimentation and Demonstrations
Director, Kenneth Kammerer. “The amalgamation of these capabilities will
provide early warning and situational awareness of chemical and biological
threats to enhance operational decision making at the installation and
theater level. Additionally, the web-based Biosurveillance Portal will
increase the facilitation and collaboration of information sharing in an
unclassified, enterprise environment.”

The Soldier Protection Lab’s expertise was leveraged for the execution and
completion of the JUPITR’s integration and cyber security testing. AMRDEC
will continue to support the JPEO-CBD’s effort of creating models to
simulate attack scenarios from various locations around an installation with
multiple combinations of agent and using real-world factors such as delivery
method, time of day, and metrology.

“This is a perfect example of the Army Enterprise working in great,
collaborative fashion,” Lackey said. “Without sacrificing efforts supporting
our core aviation and missile customers, but still being enterprise
oriented, we can find very affordable opportunities for use of taxpayer
dollars across a larger customer base. If we have the skill sets and
expertise in modeling and systems integration, then it makes perfect sense
to build upon other efforts in support of our total Army customer.”

JUPITR is scheduled for fielding this fall.

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The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering
Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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