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NEWS | Jan. 30, 2023

Batts Formally Recognized as the Defense Department’s Joint Project Manager for CBRN Protection

Steven G. Batts, with over 38 years of service in the Defense Department and on active duty, formally assumed the charter on 20 December 2022 as the Joint Project Manager for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Protection (JPM CBRN Protection). In this role, Batts is responsible for the development, fielding, and modernization of individual and collective protection as well as hazard mitigation equipment. He manages the full lifecycle of all programs of record and more than 70 programs in sustainment, including gas masks, protective suits, gloves, decontamination systems, and chemical-biological shelters.

“Serving as the Joint Project Manager for CBRN Protection, Steve will be making a direct impact on the mission success of not only the Marines, but the entire Joint Force, protecting them from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats,” said Mr. Darryl Colvin, the Joint Program Executive Officer for CBRN Defense, who oversees all the Joint Project Managers and Joint Project Leads.

In his new role, Steven Batts is uniquely “dual-hatted” as both the Program Manager for CBRN Defense Systems at Marine Corps Systems Command and JPM CBRN Protection, which receives its acquisition authority from the Army Acquisition Executive. Additionally, his parent organization receives guidance from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense. He succeeds Deborah Olsen in this role, who accepted a new position at Marine Corps Systems Command.

“I will do my best to keep on the fine tradition that JPM CBRN Protection has put together. In the short amount of time that I’ve been here, I have seen the great work that JPM CBRN Protection has done. I look forward to not only continuing that, but as we have new challenges as the years go on, take those challenges as opportunities to improve JPM CBRN Protection even more,” said Batts during his assumption of charter ceremony.

Previously, he served as the Deputy Program Manager for Engineer Systems, Logistics Combat Element Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command. In this position, he served as the Product Manager Engineer System’s senior advisor and the recognized authority for optimizing Fleet Marine Force warfighting capability and total lifecycle system management regarding Combat Engineer Systems.

Batts has received numerous awards, including recognition in consecutive years as the Marine Corps Systems Command recipient for the Commander’s Excellence in Program Management. He received his graduate degree from Webster University in the field of Procurement and Acquisition Management and his bachelor’s degree from Park University while studying Business Management. Mr. Batts is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in Program Management.


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