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Defense Logistics Agency Short Suspense Coronavirus RFI

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support Clothing & Textiles Directorate is conducting market research to determine industry capabilities for providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against viral contamination, specifically COVID-19. This is a Request for Information only and not a solicitation for award. DLA understands this is a fluid situation where the landscape of availability is constantly changing. The primary purpose of this announcement is to identify potential sources, product offerings, availability and/or challenges to procuring and obtaining such items to rapidly meet emerging requirements. Therefore, to the extent practical, additional market research may be conducted prior to posting any solicitation to capture the snapshot of the availability at that specific point in time. DLA urges those companies that can provide the following category of items to respond even after the initial response due date of Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 5:00 PM.

The categories are not an all-inclusive list. DLA welcomes industry to identify alternatives or identify additional PPE items necessary to protect against viral contamination of the COVID-19.


(1)  Protective Coveralls, in any variant, i.e. with hood and booties, without hood and booties, with hood no booties, with booties no hood, etc.

(2)  Protective Aprons and or Gowns

(3)  Protective Hoods

(4)  Protective Masks

(5)  Protective Booties

(6)  Protective Gloves

(7)  Protective Boots

DLA is asking the Industry to:

Identify/recommend specific products available or specific products that could be available in the near term that can meet the requirements of PPE to protect against viral contamination of the COVID-19 virus.

For each recommended item:

1.     Provide a specification or detailed description of the recommended item.

2.     Identify whether the item is specifically certified as PPE for viral infections and how,

3.     Identify the place of manufacture for all components of the recommended item, the place of manufacturing for the end item, and storage locations if applicable,

4.     Identify if the recommended item is Berry Compliant – meaning that the recommended item is manufactured in the USA with USA sourced/manufactured components.

5.     Identify the current level of inventory for each recommended item or the manufacturing lead-time for each recommended item,

6.     Identify total monthly and yearly production capacity of each recommended item,

7.     Identify any production limitations for each recommended item,

8.     Comment on any requirements that may be imposed on potential Government orders for each recommended item (i.e. must have an order in xx amount of time, must have xx amount of time to provide a quote, unable to ship overseas, only willing to ship within the continental USA, etc.)

9.     Suggestions on any contractual management fees for providing DLA access to inventory in the event of a future crisis without any guarantee of any order from DLA,

10. Identify if your firm is unwilling or unable to provide PPE items along with a reason why.

Please contact Jessica De La Hoz via email for any questions at [email protected].

Initial responses are requested by 5:00 PM, Tuesday, 24 March 2020. However, DLA will accept any and all responses received after this date and time for any ongoing requirements.

Line Of Fire Defence – CBRN Gas Mask Pouch

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

LOF Defence has introduced a CBRN Gas Mask Pouch. It is made from 500D Cordura and is PALS compatible. It features one-handed opening with rigid inserts in critical areas.

Along with this highly streamlined pouch, they have added a few accessories, such as the 40mm Filter Pouch as well as Specialty Unit Patches.

Available in 8 different color options.

Gentex M52 Joint Service Chemical Environmental Survivability Mask

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Think of it as a “get off the X” insurance policy. Since the Aum Shinrikyo Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo Subway in the 1990s, some organizations have been issuing disposable protective masks to allow their personnel to escape chemical, biological and nuclear threats which might be encountered off the battlefield where traditional PPE is not available.

JSCESM is a lightweight, low bulk protective mask/hood capable of providing above the neck, respiratory and ocular protection against low-level threat Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) attacks, for short durations. The M52 JSCESM defends users against non-direct hazards, such as chemical vapors, fumes, and airborne biological and radiological particulate hazards.

This disposable mask is good for one use and offers more than two hours of continuous protection against low-level vapor, aerosol and particulate threats.

Cartridge Service Life

Live Agent Testing

In its stored configuration JSCESM is packed in a 4” x 7” x 4.75” size and weighs less than 1.3 lbs.

AirBoss Defense Group Launched to Support Defense and First Responder Markets

Monday, January 6th, 2020

AirBoss Defense and Critical Solutions International Complete Merger to Create Focused Survivability Solutions Company

LANDOVER, MD (January 6, 2020) – Effective January 1, 2020, AirBoss Defense and Critical Solutions International (CSI) have completed a merger to form a new corporate entity known as AirBoss Defense Group (ADG). This new business has been formed through the spin-off and merger of AirBoss of America Corp.’s AirBoss Defense business and Quebec Rubber Solutions operations with Critical Solutions International, Inc. (“CSI”).  CSI is a privately-owned U.S. portfolio company of Sentinel Capital Partners (“Sentinel”).

With the close of this transaction, ADG is now the global leader in survivability for the assured mobility and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) communities. The new company will sustain and grow the overall business of ADG while maintaining the well-defined identities of AirBoss Defense and CSI. ADG is very well positioned for growth with existing customers as well as within prospective new markets.

The founding of ADG creates a new, dedicated survivability solutions company that is strongly positioned to capitalize on emerging opportunities arising from the current geopolitical environment.  By combining the historical engineering and manufacturing capability of AirBoss Defense with CSI’s proven expertise in global marketing and distribution, ADG is now able to support the global defense and first-responder markets with a powerful combination of excellence in product development, precision manufacturing, thoughtful business development, and focused customer support.

Patrick Callahan will serve as Chief Executive Officer of AirBoss Defense Group. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Critical Solutions International. Heather Miller, CSI’s Chief Strategy Officer, will continue in this capacity for AirBoss Defense Group. Chris Bitsakakis, the President and COO of AirBoss, will also be the COO of AirBoss Defense Group. ADG will be headquartered in Landover, Maryland. Manufacturing assets will remain in Acton Vale, Quebec and CSI will continue to operate in Charleston, South Carolina. In the coming weeks, the company will finalize a refreshed organizational chart that ensures a balanced transition and efficient future operations.

Patrick Callahan, CEO of AirBoss Defense Group said, “The close of this transaction creates an integrated, dedicated defense player that is well positioned to capitalize on emerging opportunities arising from the current geopolitical environment. By combining AirBoss Defense’s strength in manufacturing and engineering design with CSI’s decades of expertise in global marketing and distribution of defense products, we have formed a powerful corporate entity that is well positioned to support our customers throughout the world.”

As a new company, ADG provides a robust platform to expand existing manufacturing capabilities and to diversify an already innovative product portfolio.  ADG is committed to retaining and creating new manufacturing and management jobs and is actively seeking talented individuals to join the company.

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Soldiers Train With New Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Protective Equipment

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Fort Hood, Texas — In the Army, readiness is the No. 1 priority. Soldiers train vigorously to always be ready to deploy in support of the nation’s defense. While training efforts focus on weapons proficiency and physical readiness, one critical task is sometimes overlooked, but it’s something that can quite possibly save a life.

Soldiers break the seal on their M50 protective masks before re-sealing them at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 17, Soldiers gained familiarity with their protective equipment, and learned warrior skills one level tasks.

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, braved the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear chamber, Jan. 17.

Known as the confidence course, the CBRN chamber allowed the sustainers to test the capabilities of their assigned M50 protective masks, learn CBRN warrior skills tasks.

Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Smith, a 17-year senior CBRN noncommissioned officer with 13th ESC, believes in what the training does for Soldiers, “Soldiers need to be confident in their equipment,” Smith said. “As a CBRN NCO, I have more confidence in the protective masks because we execute live nerve agent chamber missions as a graduation requirement for advanced individual training and the senior leader course.”

After going through 11 weeks of CBRN training during Advanced Individual Training, Pfc. Muirne Cooney made it a priority to do everything she could to bring attention to the unit’s CBRN program.

“I feel like CBRN gets overlooked and that people don’t care, but I want to make them care,” Cooney said.

Having graduated AIT in October 2017, this was Cooney’s first time being able to set-up and train Soldiers, but it’s something she knows is crucial.

Sgt. 1st Class Lisa S. Smith, senior CBRN noncommissioned officer, HHC, 13th ESC, instructs sustainers on how to ensure their M50 masks are properly sealed at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 17. Known as the confidence course, the CBRN chamber allowed the Soldiers to test the capabilities of their assigned M50 protective masks and learn CBRN warrior skills level one tasks.

“It’s important for Soldiers to understand the importance of their protective equipment,” Cooney explained. “A lot of Soldiers didn’t want to go in the chamber because they didn’t want to breathe in the gas, but that’s kind of the point. We use protective posture to negate that and provide Soldiers with confidence in their equipment, and that’s what training in the chamber provides.”

Training with the new M50 protective masks was an upgrade from the older version of the mask Soldiers used to don.

“They made the filters more compact in design in comparison to the M40s,” Cooney said. “So they are easier to fire weapons with, because you don’t have to worry about the filter, or lack of filter, getting in the way. I also like the lens because they give you a much wider field of vision.”

Pfc. Muirne Cooney, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist, instructs Soldiers on CBRN warrior skills level one tasks during training. Soldiers from HHC, 13th ESC, braved the CBRN chamber Jan. 17 to test the capabilities of their assigned M50 protective masks.

This training event allowed Cooney to finally execute the training using the skills she learned in CBRN training.

“This was the first chamber that I’ve been a part of in the planning and execution phases, so that was really exciting for me to learn the ins and outs of running a chamber,” Cooney said.

Spc. Matthew Martin, 13th ESC legal specialist, hadn’t been through the chamber since he graduated basic training over two years ago, and found this time was an all-around better experience.

“It didn’t hurt as bad as it did the first time,” Martin said. “I handled it way better than when I was in basic.”

In total, 78 Soldiers were successfully trained, and Cooney hopes this eases the nervousness some feel about the chamber.

“CBRN training isn’t scary, it’s meant to be informative,” Cooney said. “You have a CBRN NCO in every unit and there’s a reason for that.”

By SFC Kelvin Ringold

Defense Threat Reduction Agency Conducts Drill With Senegalese National Military Fire Brigade

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

DTRA’s CBRN Preparedness Program (CP2) recently sponsored an event, in coordination with the Ambassade des Etats-Unis au Senegal (U.S. Embassy in Senegal), and the Senegalese National Military Fire Brigade to partner and build the knowledge and ability of Senegal’s medical professionals in planning for, responding to, and mitigating the consequences of a CBRN disaster.

TacJobs – Autem Novus Seeks CBRNE Field Instructor

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Job Title: CBRNE Field Instructor

Description: This is the perfect part-time job for current or recently retired members from US Army 74D, USMC CBIRF, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Flight, US Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team and National Strike Force Team Members, DOD/Local Fire Department HAZMAT Team Members, FEMA Team HAZMAT Component Team Members. This contract is for five years and will entail 8 hours of classroom instruction with 8 hours of didactic stations 3-5 times per month per location with 25 classes going every month. The pay will be at a day rate of $300.00- $350.00 as an independent contractor with per diem when applicable. If we are unable to fill the cadre with local personnel, there will be travel offered (airfare, lodging, food, rental car, etc.) with per diem and full travel reimbursement following US DOD guidelines and restrictions. We have positions open for contract support in in 18 US Cities to include Guam and Puerto Rico. Instruction and didactics will be done with a student to instructor ratio of 1:24 per class. We are looking for 50-60 Part-time contract individuals. We will be sponsoring all instructors for a Common Access Card (Contractor) to gain access to the DOD facility. This is a great opportunity for an individual to be exposed to this client and environment. Conduct indoor classroom-style training in a controlled environment, as well as outdoor hands-on demonstrations and exercises.

• Maintain knowledge base as a SME in assigned course content.

• Qualify and maintain eligibility and certification under the Contractor Employee Reliability Program (CERP).

• Actively seek and participate in cross-training opportunities to maximize instructor resources and the overall training experience for student responders.

• Assist with review of course outcomes to include weekly After-Action Reports and ongoing QA/QC of course.

• Participate in cross-training of instructional staff in related fields to maximize instructor resources and the overall training experience for student responders.

• Contribute to the revision of course materials and assist in the development, review and revision of policies pertaining to training delivery.

• Participate in lecture and practice exercises within the CBRNE/WMD field as assigned.

• Interface regularly with national, state, and local officials to maintain expertise in state-of-the art training techniques and methods.

• Ensure quality instruction for CBRNE/WMD related tasks in personal protective equipment (PPE) at a field training site using technology to detect, identify, and neutralize a weapon of mass destruction. Instruction includes hands-on, multi-task performance-oriented training.

• Address safety issues to ensure compliance as it relates to risk assessment and safety standard operating procedures.

• Address and instruct mass triage and principles of mass casualty response in relationship to a CBRNE related incident.

• M50 Gas Mask Donning and Doffing, Able to use and teach M256A1 Chemical Agent Detector Agent Kit; JLIST Donning and Doffing

Areas of Course Delivery:

Juneau, AK

Honolulu, HI

Seattle, WA

Portland, OR

Alamdea, CA

San Francisco, CA

Cleveland, OH

St. Louis, MI

Houston, TX

Corpus Christi, TX

Boston, MA

Washington, D.C.

Portsmouth, VA

Charleston, SC

Jacksonville, FL

Miami, FL

Santa Rita, Guam

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Qualifications: Requires 4 plus years’ experience required in lieu of degree.

• Preferred candidates will have 4+ years of experience working within one of the emergency response disciplines that support all-hazard response. Of the 4 required years of experience, 2 years must be specialized experience working with WMD, CBRNE, or Hazardous Materials (civilian or military) at the technician level as defined by OSHA. To include former individuals from US Army 74D, USMC CBIRF, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Flight, US Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team and National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team Members, DOD/Local Fire Department HAZMAT Team Members, FEMA Team HAZMAT Component Team Member

• Minimum 3 years of current instructional experience.

• Possess functional knowledge of the federal response plan/NIMS.

• Ability to lift a minimum of 65 pounds (i.e. SCBA and other equipment) during demonstrations and exercises.

• Ability to perform prolonged standing, bending, climbing, kneeling, and pushing and pulling carts containing equipment.

• Ability to wear Level A-C PPE including SCBA

• Must pass a pre-placement random drug testing.

• Must submit to and obtain final suitability by successful completion of background check, financial institutions/credit bureau check, and disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

• U.S. Citizenship required.

• All applicants must have the accepted form of government-issued ID compliant with the Real ID Act.


• Working knowledge of weapons of mass destruction which includes related experience in a WMD incident and/or experience in a manmade or natural disaster of national significance.

Please Submit Resume to: [email protected]

Federal Resources Co-Chairs Iraq 3rd National CBRN Security Coordination Conference

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

MAY 2, 2018 (BAGHDAD, IRAQ) – Federal Resources, the premier single-source provider of customized, integrated solutions to military (Foreign Military Sales) and civilian (Direct Commercial Sale) CBRN incident response teams served as this year’s co-chair of the Iraq 3rd National CBRN Security Coordination Conference held in Baghdad, April 16-19, 2018.

This is Federal Resources’ second year participating in the annual conference and is in support of broader Iraqi and U.S. Government (USG) efforts to prevent the proliferation of sensitive or weaponizable CBRN materials and mitigate the use of CBRN WMDs in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.
This annual event convenes Government of Iraq (GOI), USG, and other international public and private sector stakeholders to discuss timely MENA counter-WMD/CBRN proliferation priorities and identify technology solutions and best practices that can bridge existing gaps in Iraq’s CBRN security capabilities. During the proceedings, Federal Resources led a panel discussion focused on how to effectively leverage public-private partnerships in countering modern CBRN threats and facilitated a day-long CBRN Incident Response Training and Equipment Demonstration for Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, and Peshmerga CBRN response and counter-terrorism teams. This is an ongoing effort by Federal Resources International to work with partner countries around the globe and provide the expertise and resources that will allow them to navigate the CBRN marketplace.

Due to ongoing engagement with Iraqi security and response communities, on-the-ground accessibility, and strong relationships with key partner nation leaders, Federal Resources is uniquely positioned to provide sustainable and critically needed CBRN technical solutions and interoperability strategies tailored for unique threats, environmental considerations, and available resources. To find out more about Federal Resources International activities, experience, and country/regional presence, please contact [email protected]