Practical Questions and Answers to Problems of Conducting Operations in a Contaminated Environment


When planning and conducting tactical exercises of units and formations, it is often the case that aspects of long-term operations in a chemical, biological or radiological contaminated environments have disappeared from consideration of commanders and staff officers. The reluktance to “complicate the situation” in training may have different causes, but the continuing importance of CBRN defence is indisputable. The article discusses probable commander questions related to the effective management of subordinate units in a contaminated environments. Their answering can help to successfully fulfill defined combat tasks that have been disrupted by the use of enemy weapons of mass destruction, improvised devices containing highly toxic substances, or leakage of industrial hazardous substances into the environment.

MAJ Radim Zahradníček, Ph.D., 1985, University of Defence. Between years 2008-2014 he held command and staff positions at 312th CBRN Defence Battalion and 31st CBRN Defence Regiment. In the years 2009 and 2011 he was deployed to operation ISAF in Afghanistan and in 2013 to Jordan as a member of a Mobile Training Team. In 2014 he joined NBC Defence Institute of University of Defence and boarded position of lecturer, in 2019 he was assigned to the position of senior lecturer. His subject matter expertise is oriented into areas of use of CBRN units in operations and development of CBRN defence system.



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