Large rectangular metal fixture for Special Programs testing and training and Dugway The Special Programs Division (SPD) staff is a unique blend of technical personnel that includes PhD-level physical scientists, chemists, engineers, and microbiologists, plus former civilian and military operators with chemical, biological, or explosives expertise. SPD specializes in planning, conducting, and analyzing results of non-acquisition chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) warfare defense systems. Division personnel provide training for military and civilian emergency response personnel to operate in a chemical/biological/energetics (CBE) warfare or contaminated environment, which includes classroom instruction, practical laboratory exercises, and field training.


A partner in the global war on terror, Dugway Proving Ground accommodates training of active and reserve military units, National Guard maneuver training, civilian emergency responders, and other organizations. Dugway’s ranges and dedicated training facilities allow for asymmetric and conventional warfare training, including: air/ground deployment of a unit; desert warfare and live-fire ranges; land navigation and off-road vehicle mobility; jump zones and close air support ranges; high-angle marksmanship facilities; IED immediate response drills; and full Special Operations mission training profiles.

Training courses include the following: A first responder wearing full protective gear and respirator investigates a mock clandestine lab during training at Dugway
  • Chemical Energetics Course - Forty-hour course designed for DoD explosives ordnance personnel. Curriculum includes synthesis of chemical energetic materials, handling, detection and mitigation.
  • Chemical/Biological Level 1 - Four-day program including classroom and laboratory work with chemical and biological agents. Course covers chem/bio agent overviews, production, sampling, decontamination, neutralization, and scientific instruction.
  • Chemical/Biological Level 2 - Advanced four-day program including practical exercises on synthesis, threat recognition, dissemination, sampling, team exercises, and training on analytical equipment.
  • CWA/BWA Lab Production Course - Two days of classroom work and two days of field exercises focus on agent production, downrange processes, and signature recognition.
  • Biological Sampling and Detection - Course provides an overview of biological sampling methods and detection technology.
  • Mobile Team training - Designed for conducting field exercises at a unit’s home station. Includes lab scenarios, HAZMAT training day, chemical/biological overview and survey of equipment, production, collection/sampling, and decontamination
  • Advanced Chemical/Biological Warfare Overview - This five-day course is designed for up to 12 EOD students who have received prior basic or advanced training related to Chem/Bio Warfare, and consists of three days of advanced biological warfare training, two days of advanced chemical warfare training, to include classroom and laboratory training covering Overview of Various Agents, Agent Production Methods, Agent Effects, Detection, Mitigation, Decontamination, Dissemination, and Worldwide Threat and Intelligence briefings. This course requires an SCI clearance level and the student must have an active mission that relates to Chem/Bio Defense.