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When your agency is responsible for combating the deadliest weapons known to man; nerve gas, the Plague, nuclear weapons; you do everything in your power to detect, defeat, destroy or otherwise neutralize those weapons. But we do not stop there. Our scientists are constantly looking to explore new ways of tackling old problems. We push our research partners to think outside the box to discover new materials and new technologies that can do things that were impossible a year ago. And we combine traditional research with unconventional means to answer some of the most difficult questions about chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
Can a scientific breakthrough be ‘revolutionary’ and ‘affordable’?
At DTRA, the correct answer is “Yes. It MUST be.” Research and development can be expensive – just ask a pharmaceutical company or a Formula 1 racing team. We know the technologies we pioneer can protect our warfighters and the lives of millions of Americans and our allies, but we also need to maximize the return on the taxpayer money entrusted to us. Our Basic Science programs work with academia and other government labs to get the most ‘bang for the buck’ while also avoiding duplication of efforts. If you are a scientist or researcher that would like to help us solve WMD-related questions, we would like to hear from you.