As the nation’s principal research and development resource for non-medical Chemical Biological (CB) Defense, ECBC supports all phases of the acquisition lifecycle―from basic and applied research through technology development, engineering design, equipment evaluation, product support, sustainment, field operations and demilitarization―to address its customers’ unique requirements. ECBC’s science and technology expertise has protected the United States from the threat of chemical weapons since 1917. Since that time, the Center has expanded its mission to include Biological Defense and emerges today as the nation’s premier authority on CB Defense.

The Center has a long-standing history developing technologies in the areas of CB detection, protection and decontamination. It is for the Center’s inventiveness, that ECBC’s reputation and agency relationships remain strong today. ECBC has full-time employees located at three different sites in the United States: Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Pine Bluff, Ark., and Rock Island, III. As a research, development and engineering center under the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command; ECBC is unique in its ability to advance the mission of the warfighter and other stakeholders by leveraging unique expertise, specialized equipment and state-of-the-art facilities.