Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC)


FLC Region

Security Lab



3401 Ricketts Point Rd
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010
United States

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In 2006, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate established the Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) to assess, identify vulnerabilities, and respond to potential chemical threats to the American homeland. CSAC was assigned broad mission space that has involved performing various analyses and assessments of chemical threats to support DHS and ultimately, the broader U.S. government community. The CSAC is physically located at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground and consists of 26 personnel in a secure environment. CSAC not only has a critical mass of in-house chemical expertise to apply to a wide range of problems and applications, but by being collocated with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD), the U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC), and the FBI Laboratory, additional expertise from these organizations can be leveraged when needed.


To provide science and technology based quality assured information, analyses, and assessment of the chemical threat to support the national effort to secure the American homeland. In accomplishing its mission, the CSAC provides the Homeland Security Enterprise an enduring capability to:

  • Promote awareness and assessment through characterization of current and emerging chemical threats and agent knowledge management
  • Analyze and integrate chemical threat characterization data, including toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents, and other chemicals of interest
  • Integrate science-based risk assessments using physical, chemical, and toxicological information of threat and vulnerability
  • Utilize knowledge management techniques to provide definition and direction for filling knowledge gaps.
  • Provide reach back capability to provide expert analysis support
  • Address and integrate interagency knowledge management functions with evolving DHS all-hazard knowledge management.

The CSAC's primary operational tasks are to:

  • Develop and maintain a robust knowledge repository of chemical threat information
  • Conduct science based hazard analyses and risk assessments and
  • Provide a robust reach-back capability grounded in sound technical expertise.

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