Kris N. Perkins

United States of America

COL (Ret) Kris N. Perkins

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

Chemical and Biological Weapons Elimination (CBWE) Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, NCB/TRAC


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

COL Kris N. Perkins, USA (Ret) serves as the Director, Chemical and Biological Weapons Elimination within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Threat Reduction and Arms Control (DASD TRAC). In this capacity, he is the principal advisor to the DASD TRAC and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs on Department of Defense (DOD) readiness to support the safe elimination of foreign chemical and biological weapons threats.  

 Kris assisted U.S. efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction throughout his 26 years of service as a United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Officer.  He retired in June 2017.

 Prior to his current assignment, Kris served as the Director, Chemical Demilitarization Programs within DASD TRAC.  In this capacity, he was responsible for the oversight, analysis and assessment of cost, schedule and performance of the United States Chemical Demilitarization Program. He was also responsible for advising senior DOD leadership on all foreign chemical and biological weapons and materials destruction efforts.

 Kris previously served as the Division Chief, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) within the Joint Staff, J5, during which he provided CWMD policy and strategic planning advice to the Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, Director J5, and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In this role, he served as the senior Joint Staff representative on CWMD-related National Security Council Staff Interagency Policy Committees, providing military advice to the White House on development and execution of national policies and actions.  

 Over the course of his military career, Kris served in numerous other leadership and staff positions, including as a Company and Battalion Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, Director of Logistics Planning, and Senior Observer/Controller.

 Previous awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2nd award), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2nd award), the Bronze Star Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal (5th award).

 Kris received his BA from Oklahoma State University and his Masters in Strategic Studies from the Unites States Army Senior Service College.

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