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Weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear - and high yield explosives can pose deadly and destructive threats to U.S. security. Through its support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and to combatant commanders, DTRA works to stop the spread, counter the effects, and prepare for the use of weapons of mass destruction. By making WMD less effective or completely ineffective, we limit their appeal to our adversaries and their potential use as tools of war, provide U.S. forces freedom of action, and protect the homeland.
DTRA engages in the full range of nonproliferation, counterproliferation and consequence management activities identified in the National Security Strategy of the United States as essential to combating WMD threats. As both a defense agency and a combat support agency, DTRA creates solutions and delivers the products, training and services to defeat WMD where they are needed – in the hands of the warfighter. When the warfighter requires support, DTRA delivers.
DTRA’s partners in the fight against WMD include other federal agencies, the combatant commands, the Joint Staff, the armed services, international organizations, U.S. allies and countries around the planet. DTRA works with these partners towards the one goal we all share:
Making the World Safer
DTRA is an agile, efficient and integrated organization composed of multitalented, innovative, diverse and principled people. They are the organizations’ most valuable asset. The values which steer them – integrity, service, excellence, innovation and teamwork – are the source of DTRA’s strength and drive its success.
DTRA is headquartered in the Defense Threat Reduction Center at Fort Belvoir, Va. From there, DTRA directs the activities of its 1,900 civilian and military employees, many of whom are stationed at liaison offices and other locations throughout the United States and around the world.