CBRN Defense

Gryphon provides risk and threat assessments to inform the design of CBRN defensive systems and the development of novel countermeasures for CBRN agents. Our work has materially influenced the largest investments in CBRN security. To build local capacity for incident response, Gryphon also designs and delivers training and exercises for CBRN preparedness.



Supporting FEMA’s Response to CBRN Incidents

Gryphon managed a large multi-task order contract to support FEMA’s Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and Radiological Office responsible for national response and short-term recovery from CBRN incidents. Activities included developing the Implementation Plan for the DHS Strategy for Responding to and Recovering from a Catastrophic Chemical Attack, which featured a critical infrastructure impacts analysis and extensive coordination with Federal and state agencies.

Modeling Medical Needs

Gryphon predicted the medical resources for treatment and prophylaxis required to respond to WMDs used in civilian settings. We developed several models based on scientific information on the efficacy of prophylaxis and treatment and general virological, toxicological and microbiological literature. To determine the quantity and severity of casualties, we developed or used existing epidemiological models and hazard prediction models that incorporated complex weapon source terms.

Assessing the Vulnerability of Biodefense Systems

Gryphon characterized and addressed the vulnerabilities of the two principal U.S. biodefense systems—syndromic surveillance and environmental monitoring systems. We examined system vulnerabilities from an adversary’s point of view by collecting information available in the open literature or observable through field studies. Special attention was focused on suggesting ways to address each identified vulnerability.