About Dugway Proving Ground, UT
Located near Salt Lake City, Utah, Dugway Proving Ground is operated by the United States Army. The primary function of Dugway is to test biological and chemical weapons in a safely isolated space. The Army Reserve, National Guard and Army Special Forces also train on site.
Established in 1941 by the Army's Chemical Warfare Service, Dugway provided a remote location for weapons testing. Weapon technology implemented in the Second World War was tested at Dugway, including flamethrowewrs, toxic agents, chemical sprays, antidotes and protective clothing. Dugway also served as a training ground for desert operations in the 1990s.
Dugway spans 1,300 square miles. Its employee population is composed of 1,715 military, Department of Defense and civilian personnel. Chemists, biologists, engineers and technicians collaborate to support the mission of Dugway Proving Ground. Divisions include a chemical testing, data management, life sciences, meteorology and special programs for advanced trainees and first responders.