Environmental assessment during Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), evaluation of the TIC-Master Computer Program
Medina, Victor F.; Brandon, Dennis L.; Hay, K. James.; Khona, Dhiren S.; Smith, Heather K.; Morrow, Agnes B.
Technical ReportAbstract: The Army needs to manage threats from toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) during the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) Process. This work unit involved developing a database of TICs that could pose environmental/operational risk, creating an industry/chemical crosswalk, linking the chemical database to a GIS component, applying and evaluating the system in five hypothetical scenarios. The resultant program, which was christened “TIC-Master,” has the capability to enhance urban theater of operations analysis to identify TIC/toxic industrial material (TIM) affiliated activities within the battlefield operational footprint and evaluate consequence management alternatives for decision support during the IPB process. TIC-Master was tested in a series of demonstrations. Facilities in the Jackson/Vicksburg MS area were used to test the program. Actual chemical data were obtained for several facilities by securing Tier 2 EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reports for the facilities of interest. A test team was assembled to develop scenarios based on the industries represented by the facilities. TIC-Master was then used to address the scenarios. Although some deficiencies were identified, the program was successful at encompassing the chemical risk presented by the TICs found at the facilities. Plume modeling was used to assess release scenarios. Subsequent briefings of the program were conducted with potential users at the Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE) and the Army Intelligence Center (AIC). Constructive suggestions were received and are presented in this document. Overall, the potential users agree that the TIC-Master could be a valuable tool for the Army and other organizations. Ultimately, populating tactical decision-making tools with critical information leads to a greater knowledge of the battlefield and increases survivability.
Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Chemical database; Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB); TIC-Master computer program; Toxic industrial chemicals (TICs); Environmental risk assessment; Military operations; Computer programs
ERDC TR ; 12-5.
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