This office has broad management responsibility for biotechnology programs within NRL and DoD. The Program Manager serves as expert consultant and advisor in biotechnology to the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (Code 6900), the Plasma Physics Division (Code 6700), the Optical Sciences Division (Code 5600), the Division Superintendent (Code 6100), and the Associate Director of Research for Materials Science and Component Technology (Code 6000). Additionally, the Program Manager serves as a Navy/DoD representative or liaison to numerous interagency committees and advisor to the commanding officer on Biological Warfare Defense as well as Director of the Arms Control Treaty Implementation Program for NRL.
The program includes medical, non-medical and materials biotechnology, providing solutions for both operational and logistical Navy problems. Technologies include basic research on the development of new structural materials, and practical solutions for remediation of pollution problems ashore and afloat. Novel biosensors developed in this program have multiple uses in environmental microbiology, clinical medical diagnosis and biological defense. Thrust areas are:
The Biotechnology Program also has a role as primary member of the Navy's CBRN Doctrine Review Panel on a not-to-interfere basis while fulfilling his primary duties within the biotechnology component of NRL. Unlike the other Services, the Navy lacks a dedicated cadre of Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear (CBRN) officers to maintain and improve its CBRN defenses, so back in June 2004, several of us (OPNAV N867, FFC N802, C3F J9 CBRD Support, CPF N522, myself, etc.) worked together to assemble a "virtual" CBRN Doctrine Review Panel to more effectively tap into the collective CBRN defense knowledge of the Navy via email. This review panel which includes those with relevant expertise from within various Navy communities (chemists, physicists, biologists, medical personnel including radiation health physicists, meteorologists, surface warfare officers, damage control specialists, aviators, intel officers, Seabees, etc.), continues to improve our collective Navy's CBRN defense posture by:
- Helping to insure that any new Navy CBRN defense doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) that are developed are representative of and acceptable to all Navy components.
- Increasing the Fleet's awareness of and input into new or revised Allied, Joint, multi-Service and Navy-specific CBRN defense doctrine.
- Improving the knowledge sharing between the Navy CBRN defense and CBRNE consequence management communities.
- Insuring that U.S. and NATO guidance (NATO Standardization Agreements (STANAGS) and publications) that focus on CBRN defense are properly aligned.
Code 6106 serves also as Bureau of Naval Medicine Microbiology Specialty Leader. Microbiology Specialty Leader directly manages the daily needs for all Medical Service Corps Microbiologists assign in the U.S. and around the world and act as a liaison with the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
This program is a DoD Critical Technology area.