In August, about a dozen GSE employees participated in CBOA-19 to provide support to DTRA and the event, specifically. While GSE is appreciative of everyone’s contribution to CBOA, GSE would like to give a special thanks to Mark Disbrow for his work with CBOA!

Mark Disbrow, GSE

Mark Disbrow is Project Manager at Global Systems Engineering, Contract Support to DTRA RD- CBW, Science & Technology Integration to USACBRNS/MSCoE and CBOA Operational Manager. For the past year he, along with a large contingent team, have been planning and coordinating the Chemical Biological Operational Analysis (CBOA) event.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Research and Development-Chemical and Biological Warfighter Integration Division (RD-CBW) sponsored the CBOA 19 to obtain Service Member (SM) insight on emerging chemical and biological defense technologies in a non-attributional environment. The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate’s Unique Mission Cell executed CBOA 19, which served to support the identification, assessment and dissemination of emerging and maturing technology information. This event was held at Camp Dawson, WV from Aug 19 to Aug 23.

The purpose of a CBOA is to accelerate the delivery of capabilities to SMs and those that they support through the use of realistic missions in adaptive scenarios. Nearly 400 representatives from government, academia and industry participated in this event that addresses military capability gaps and high priority mission deficiencies. Twenty-four (24) technologies participated in the CBOA 19 scenarios. These technologies were primarily rated at technology readiness levels 5 or 6 and came from the following four mission areas: Assess, Protect, Mitigate and Network.

There were 80 total military personnel at CBOA 19 from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army’s 20th CBRNE Division, U.S. Marine Corps’ 14th Marine Air Group, the 35th Civil Support Team WV Army National Guard, the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Device and the U.S. Air Force’s Research Laboratory.

It should be noted that Nicolette Gaboriault-Whitcomb, Erika Yoha, Kevin Salmon and Pierce Jennings, led by Nick Francis, were able to attend this year’s CBOA. This group of JRAs were accompanied by our market research analyst, Allison Fladd, as well as our operations consultant, Addison Ruble. During the event, the group collected data from the tech companies in attendance. Nick and Kevin developed a list of interview questions with the support of Matt Torres, another JRA. The questions were focused around gathering information relating to theapplication process for the CBOA in general. Their goal was to uncover any challenges faced by attending tech companies that could have potentially prevented them from applying to the event. The team will analyze their results in the coming weeks and write a short report on conclusions about the application process. The analysis piece of this project is being led by Kevin.JRAs also conducted and will continue to conduct market research to compile information on tech companies that may be interested in attending future operational analysis events.Another job well done JRAs, keep up the great work!

Kieth Reed and Bill Torres also attended CBOA. They contributed to the planning of the event and provided support during the event, too. Kieth worked in the Command and Control (C2) center and assisted with assessments of technologies. Bill served as a key liaison for the U.S. Marine Corps participants and supported the White Cell to ensure all missions were executed as planned.