Mr. Steve Cichocki is the Program Manager for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) operations for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). Steve leads a CBRN Operations Group with three sections: Plans, Operations, and Readiness. He is responsible for developing and implementing plans and policy for CBRN operations and advising executive level leadership during execution of civil support operations.
In 2006, Steve retired after 24 years of service in the Army and joined the USNORTHCOM J5 Directorate for Strategy, Policy and Plans as a civil support planner. He developed USNORTHCOM’s plans for Civil Disturbance Operations, Defense Support of Civil Authorities for man-made and natural disasters, and CBRN Response. He led planning efforts in the Future Plans Center during operations such as Burnt Frost (satellite de-orbit recovery), and for support during Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike. Steve also led special planning projects such as planning for the Period of Heightened Alert during the changeover between Presidential administrations.
Beginning in 2008, Steve was the lead planner for USNORTHCOM CBRN Response support to Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, working closely with Canada Command, the National Guard Bureau, and the Department of State. After participating in the 2009 Quadrennial Defense Review to determine how DOD’s CBRN response forces could be reorganized to provide lifesaving capabilities faster, Steve moved to the USNORTHCOM J3 Directorate for Operations as the CBRN Operations Program Manager to lead implementation of the new construct. Steve’s implementation plan synchronized the tasks and activities required to transition the primarily federal response model to the new state-centric, federally supporting CBRN Response Enterprise. His plan was developed in coordination with the National Guard Bureau, State National Guard Forces, the Services and Interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Since implementation was complete in 2012, Steve continues to lead planning and refinements to the CBRN Response Enterprise to improve readiness and realize fiscal and operational efficiencies, including planning and exercise integration with state military and civil authorities. Steve also leads the USNORTHCOM Future Operations Center during CBRN contingency operations to plan, develop, and integrate the military response to support the whole of government response in the Homeland. Steve is a graduate of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.