Exclusive Interview: Douglas Bryce, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, JPEO-CBRND, USA

Mr. Douglas W. Bryce was designated the Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) on 22 October 2015. As the JPEO-CBRND, he has materiel acquisition decision authority for the services on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense equipment. He provides acquisition management and professional leadership on complex issues related to joint service CBRN defense acquisition programs. He plans, directs, manages, coordinates the JPEO-CBRND's mission and is responsible for the development, acquisition, distribution, and deployment of highly specialized and dynamic joint CBRN defense devices, as well as medical diagnostic systems, drugs, and vaccines.

For the 10 years prior to his current role, Mr. Bryce served as the Deputy Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense, overseeing a diverse team of acquisition professionals and technical subject matter experts to effectively manage the CBRN defense acquisition process. From 2003-2005, he served concurrently as the Joint Project Manager for Individual Protective Equipment and the Project Manager for Marine Corps CBRN Defense Equipment. Prior to 2005, he was the Project Manager for Individual Marine Combat Equipment and NBC Defense Equipment, and the Product Manager for NBC Defense Equipment for Marine Corps Systems Command. Mr. Bryce served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3.

Mr Bryce will be a speaker at NCT USA 2019.

NCT USA 2019

Radiological Terrorism: Mental And Physiological Health Effects

Radiological terrorism is a challenge that transcends national borders and one of the most disruptive asymmetric threats to security in the 21st century. One of the most important concerns relies on the potential use by a terrorist group, either acting independently or acting as part of a bigger organization that could detonate a Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD) or dirty bomb. The main purpose of a dirty bomb is to cause social chaos as well as panic and traumatic and post-traumatic psychological-psychogenic effects in the population. The physiological and psychological damage caused by the explosion of an RDD would most likely be greater than the effects produced by the radioactive contamination.


Country Profile: Cambodia

This past year, the CBRNe Society, an international non-profit organization with the purpose of providing a nucleus of knowledge in the CBRNe community, promoting innovation and building bridges between stakeholders, signed a partnership agreement with the Cambodian Mine Action Center and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA).

The new partnership agreement sheds light on the current state of the estimated 1800 square kilometers littered with landmines and explosive remnants, often in areas densely covered with forests and mountainous regions. Since 1979, the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor reports that 64,720 mines/unexploded remnants of war produced 19,758 deaths and injured 44,962 people (58 casualties in 2017).


Fukushima: Thinking Back

Anniversaries are important dates. They mark the return of the Earth to its previous position against the firmament – the completion of a year – they give us the opportunity to reflect on events that were important in our lives, on their significance, and how these events have affected us. March 11 – this Sunday – will mark the eighth anniversary of the great earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, setting into motion the events that culminated in multiple reactor meltdowns. These events are chiseled into the consciousness of virtually everyone who follows the news and these events have served to engrave even more deeply the fears that so many have of nuclear power.

It is a shame that the world’s focus remains on the reactor plant accidents and the perils of nuclear energy – in spite of the fact that nearly 20,000 were killed are remain missing by the earthquake and tsunami while the reactor accidents have yet to claim a life. From the start the world has focused on the least of the problem facing Japan, leaving the Japanese to find and bury their dead, find homes for those who lost everything, and rebuild tsunami-ravaged cities.


Post-Event Report: NCT South America 2019, Rio de Janeiro

The sun sets on another amazing NCT Sur América! The second edition of the leading regional CBRNe, C-IED and EOD event took place from the 5th to the 7th of February 2019 in Rio de Janeiro at the Forte Copacabana. The ideal event location placed NCT Sur América between Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, hosting a live capability demonstration, a conference stream, an exhibition and its famous networking receptions. NCT Sur América 2019 acted as the perfect platform bringing together local, regional and international government representatives, leading industry experts, first responders and decision-makers to share their expertise in the fields of CBRNe, C-IED and EOD. NCT Sur América welcomed over 200 delegates from Brazil, the Latin American region and the rest of the world! A warm thank you to all that made the event possible: from our partners at the Brazilian Army, to our speakers, delegates and to our sponsors and exhibitors.



CBRNe Awareness Training of the NCT Team with Hotzone Solutions Group and the International CBRNe Institute

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNe) threats are increasingly being used by state and non-state actors worldwide, enhancing their lethality and finding ever-changing ways to deploy them. In our mission to make this world a safer and more secure place, IB Consultancy (IBC), the creator of NCT evnts and magazine, is ramping up its efforts to understand CBRNe issues threatening the general population as well as military and civil first responders; the policies governments around the world are employing to fight these threats; and the equipment being developed by industry leaders to assist in this effort. Over the last week, we took another important step in that direction by undertaking a CBRNe awareness course given by the Director of Operations of Hotzone Solutions Group, Magnus Backlund and the President of the International CBRNe Institute’s (ICI), Mr. Yves Dubucq at the ICI HQs in Les Bons Villers, Belgium. The Awareness Course included: amplifying our knowledge of CBRNe agents and their effect on the human body; the detection of an array of CBR agents; the stages of contamination and decontamination; and the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required when confronting the greatest dangers of today. The course provided the IBC team with an invaluable experience and the knowledge needed to continuously serve the CBRNe community.



Issue 66 | March 2019

CBRNe News Highlights

At least 50 hospitalized after chemical spill at AL water treatment plant


North Korea: Trump voices disappointment at missile-site activity


OPCW confirms chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria


FLIR Systems Completes Acquisition of Endeavor Robotics


For nearly 2 decades, Grand Canyon tourists were exposed to radiation beyond the federal limit, safety manager says


IED hidden in corpse kills 17 in central Mali

Upcoming NCT Events

NCT USA 2019 | 7-9 May | Washington, DC


NCT Europe 2019 | 25-27 June | Vienna, Austria

Other Events

LAAD 2019

April 2 - April 5, | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

CBRNe Summit Europe 2019

April 9 - April 11 | Birmingham, UK

IDEF 2019, 14th International Defense Industry Fair

April 30 - May 3 | Istanbul, Turkey

NCT USA 2019

May 7 - May 9 | Washington, D.C., USA


May 16 - May 19 | Lima, Peru

ISDEF 2019

June 4 - June 5 | Tel Aviv, Israel

Decommissioning Strategy Forum

June 17 - June 18 | Nashville, TN, USA

CBRNe Summit USA 2019

June 18 - June 20 | Dallas, TX, USA

NCT Europe 2019

June 25 - June 27 | MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria

50th International Annual Conference of the Fraunhofer ICT

June 25 - June 28 | Karlsruhe, Germany

4th India Homeland Security Expo

July 19 - July 20 | New Delhi, India


September 10 - September 13 | London, UK

NCT Asia 2019

October 22 - October 24 | Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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