U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM CBC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working together on a handheld standoff chemical detection (HSCD) pilot program, using Pendar X10 to identify hazardous chemicals and illicit drugs from a safe distance.

Dr. Phillip Wilcox and Dr. Jason Guicheteau, from the CBC’s physical science division, were in particular charged with the task of helping DHS expand their threat target library. They are working with Pendar to incorporate the expanded library into Pendar X10, to provide DHS personnel and first responders in the US the capability to identify all of the most relevant chemical threats.