Upgrades Planned for Dugway Chemical, Biological Defense Testing Site

Upgrades are planned for a facility at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah used for testing chemical and biological defense equipment, the Deseret Morning News reported yesterday (see GSN, June 4, 2007).

"We're doing things to try to help ... in the defense of our nation," said Col. Robert Jones Jr., Dugway commander.

The plans call for installing advanced sensors, communications technology and other equipment. A number of 10-meter-tall towers would be erected, each employing technology to monitor the dispersal of mock warfare materials in testing.

The result of the improvements should be better analyses of WMD defense gear that would be used by U.S. military personnel, said Dugway researcher Louis Anderson.

"We're taking what we're currently doing, and we're making it quicker, stronger and more robust," he said. "And that's going to result in improved chemical defense for our war fighters."

The Army is now taking public comments on its plan (Jens Dana, Deseret Morning News, Dec. 16).

December 17, 2008
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Upgrades are planned for a facility at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah used for testing chemical and biological defense equipment, the Deseret Morning News reported yesterday (see GSN, June 4, 2007).