COL Andrew L. Miltner
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 World CBRN & Medical Congress (CEBIRAM) 2016
Chief of Staff
NATO JCBRN Defence COE
Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence: Preparedness through Partner Collaboration
Global economic and political stresses have contributed in recent years to an increasing number of nations whose CBRN Defence capabilities are under resourced and whose associated industrial base has languished as a result. A growing availability of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons by state and non-state actors places a premium on multi-national burden sharing and civ-mil collaboration as a method for realizing adequate CBRN Defence preparedness. The Joint CBRN Defence Center of Excellence was established in 2006 with the objective of sharing CBRN Defence knowledge to improve partner nation and civ-mil interoperability and improve readiness through cost-effective burden sharing. What began as a multi-national training center quickly grew to include a 24-7 world class reach-back element, research and experimentation competency, and exercise development and execution capability, providing a customized platform for verifying concept limitations and identifying gaps. Additionally, as greater emphasis is placed on forensic exploitation and attribution, the COE remains committed to its advanced Chemical, Biological and Radiological sampling and analysis courses. The eleven Sponsoring Nations and one Contributing Participant Nation remain committed to resourcing the COE and shaping its critical support to NATO and the EU. The professionals who operate the COE offer a unique mix of academic, institutional and practical CBRN Defence experience that combine to offer a critical capability at a time of increasing WMD threat. These professionals are prepared to provide NATO and the EU pre-crisis and crisis support whenever necessary.
Currently located in Vyskov, Czech Republic, Colonel Miltner is serving as the Chief of Staff for the Joint CBRN Defence Center of Excellence. Colonel Miltner has served as a U.S. Army Chemical Corps Officer for the last 24 years. His assignments include staff and leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd, 5th and 10th Special Forces Groups, United States Army Technical Escort Unit, United States Forces Korea and 8th Army. His particular area of focus throughout his career has been CBRN Technical Exploitation, non-stockpile response and remediation. He is a certified Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS) Operator, Ordnance Radiographer and personally responded to and assessed over 300 non-stockpile and foreign chemical ordnance items. Colonel Miltner also served as the chairman of the Material Assessment Review Board for final disposition of non-Stockpile Chemical Weapons from 2011-2013. Colonel Miltner is a graduate of the U.S. Air Command and Staff College, U.S. Joint Forces Staff College Combined Warfare School, and the U.S. Army War College. Colonel Miltner holds Master’s Degrees in Military Arts and Sciences and Military Strategic Studies.