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Robert Malone

CBRN, Medical & Rescue Service United States of America

Mr. Robert Malone

Future Forces Forum World CBRN & MEDICAL Congress (CEBIRAM) 2018 Future Forces Exhibition 2018

Project Manager
U.S. Army Chemical Biological Applications and Risk Reduction (CBARR)


Don’t Blow It! Safely Eliminating Chemical and Biological Munitions on the Battlefield

Under the Chemical Weapons Convention all member states are obligated to destroy any chemical weapons they own or possess, or that they abandoned on the territory of another member state.  There is an increasing focus on developing a toolkit of novel and innovative options to enable rapid, effective and irreversible destruction of smaller caches of chemical and biological weapons discovered in resource-limited environments. 

Whilst destruction technologies exist, they are not appropriate for use in all circumstances. Through this competition we want to investigate novel or innovative new concepts or adapt current technologies. We expect these solutions will ultimately enable destruction methods to be more rapid, effective and flexible than those used for large stockpiles, and reduce logistical support requirements, whilst maximizing ease of operation, transportability and ruggedness of the equipment. These improved capabilities will allow us to address a greater breadth of threats and in a wider range of circumstances.  There are three main areas of interest for this competition:

Access- how to gain access to munitions, IEDs and bulk containers without relying on the original design features, such as filling ports, which may or may not be present

Disable- how to prevent munitions, IEDs and bulk agent being used as intended either temporarily or permanently

Destroy- how to permanently and irreversibly destroy munitions, IEDs and bulk agents

This UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for novel and innovative technologies and approaches to access, disable and/or irreversibly destroy chemical and biological munitions, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and bulk agents in challenging environments.

The competition has an initial £500,000 to fund multiple proof-of-concept proposals at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). Additional funding of £1.5 million may be available depending on the outcome of the initial funding phase. The competition will launch at an event in London on the 26 September 2018.

It is joint funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense, and will operate under an existing memorandum of understanding between both nations.

Curriculum Vitae

Robert Malone is a subject matter expert in chemical agent operations, secondary waste processing, treatment technology selection, facility closure planning / implementation, field sampling and site remediation. His career includes leadership roles as both a government civilian for the U.S. Army and as a contractor for Science Applications International Corporation.

Rob currently serves as a Senior Project Manager for the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center planning chemical and biological agent destruction missions, site clean-up and developing destruction technologies.  His work has led to the technology selection, fabrication and delivery of the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System a first-of-a-kind deployable chemical agent destruction system developed under a rapid acquisition process to satisfy the first Joint Emergent Operational Needs Statement (JEONS) issued.  Mr. Malone has worked the project planning for both land-based and ship board FDHS operations. He served aboard the Cape Ray throughout the construction, operation and demobilization phased of the Syrian chemical weapons destruction mission.

Rob previously served as the Associate Site Project Manager for the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF), responsible for both technical and contractual management.  TOCDF, in Tooele Utah has destroyed the largest and most diverse stockpile of chemical agent munitions in the world.  Rob chaired the Integrated Risk and Schedule Management IPT for the Deseret Chemical Depot utilizing his knowledge of acquisition lifecycle management, demilitarization, chemical operations, and closure to lead the integrated team of government and contractor personnel through a first-of-a-kind process that quantifies risks to project schedule execution, calculates milestone confidence and identifies solutions for risk avoidance or mitigation to the Project Managers.  Prior to TOCDF, Rob was the Closure and Remediation Department Manager and the Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JACADS) Project Manager for SAIC.  JACADS was the first full-scale chemical agent demilitarization plant in the U.S.

Mr. Malone holds a Bachelor in Science in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from The Johns Hopkins University.  He maintains an active membership as a PMI® Project Management Professional and is a National Registry of Environmental Professionals Registered Environmental Manager. 

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