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What DTRA Bring to the Fight Against WMD
The threats posed by weapons of mass destruction are diverse and can affect everything from the safety of our warfighters serving abroad to our nation’s homeland security. Countering these threats requires tools and expertise that can be accessed and deployed at a moment’s notice. DTRA has the expertise and the capabilities to deal with WMD threats.
Through DTRA’s Operations Center and Liaison Officers embedded with the Department of Defense’s Combatant Commands, military customers at home and on the front lines, and interagency partners from throughout the federal government can gain access to a legion of experts within DTRA with the know-how and tools to deal with situations involving WMD threats.
DTRA’s reachback capabilities include:
•Consequence Management – DTRA has a team of experts that can assess the potential consequences of the spread of hazardous materials, including those from WMD, using tools such as computer modeling and the Biological Combat Assessment System. These capabilities are used frequently to support Department of Defense operations, and were instrumental in Operation Burnt Frost in February 2008, when the Navy shot down a damaged U.S. satellite with more than 1,000 pounds of toxic fuel on board.
•Rapid R&D – To support the ever changing requirements of American warfighters serving abroad, DTRA maintains Research and Development capabilities to rapidly develop solutions to solve diverse battlefield problems. From the development of thermobaric missiles to attack enemy forces in mountainside tunnels in Afghanistan, to the development of detectors to seek out hidden improvised explosive devices in Iraq, DTRA is on the cutting edge when it comes to quickly developing technology to support the warfighter.
•Thinking like the enemy to protect our warfighters – DTRA helps protect the men and women of our military by conducting force protection and antiterrorism analyses at military installations and facilities in the U.S. and around the world. Specialized teams, trained to think like the enemy to seek out weaknesses, conduct Balanced Survivability Assessments (BSAs) in order to identify vulnerabilities which can then be fixed in order to protect our warfighters.