U.S. Army Guidance for Responding To Radiological Incidents: The Medical NBC Battlebook (TG-244) and Radiological Sources of Potential Exposure and/or Contamination (TG-238)


G. A. Falo, R. A. Reyes, S. Goodison, M. G. W. Phillips


The aim of this paper is to present a brief overview of two documents that are part of U.S. Army guidance on responding to radiological incidents. Traditional Army doctrine was developed to address radiological conditions on a battlefield, such as the use of nuclear weapons that might lead to the degradation of the performance of soldiers. Attacks such as those on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City have focused attention to unconventional attacks on the U.S. mainland. The United States Army may be called upon to respond to unconventional attacks on the U.S. at home and abroad. In response to this threat, the Health Physics Program (HPP) of the United States Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM) has prepared technical guidance documents to advise military responders.


This abstract was presented at the 36th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Radiation Safety Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Response", Poster Session, 1/26/2003 - 1/29/2003, held in San Antonio, TX.

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