Research and Development Directorate


The Research and Development Directorate provides science, technology, and capability development investments that maintain the U.S. military’s technological superiority in countering weapons of mass destruction & emerging threats, mitigate the risks of technical surprise, and respond to the warfighters’ urgent technical requirements.


Be the recognized leaders for technical innovation to counter WMD and emerging threats - we deliver innovative solutions that meet current mission requirements in a timely manner, and we anticipate and prepare for emerging and future threats with a balance of fundamental and applied research across the portfolio.

Save the Date for the 2024 CBD S&T Conference


The Chemical and Biological Defense Science & Technology (CBD S&T) Conference brings together the most innovative and influential chemical and biological defense experts, thought leaders, and innovators confronting the nation’s most challenging chem-bio defense threats.

Join the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, in its role as the Joint Science and Technology Office (JSTO) for Chemical and Biological Defense, an integral component of the Chemical and Biological Defense Program, as we explore change-making concepts in the chem-bio defense landscape.

The 2024 CBD S&T Conference will be held December 2-5, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mark your calendars, as this is an event you won’t want to miss!


DTRA provides cross-cutting solutions to enable the Department of Defense, the United States Government, and international partners to deter strategic attack against the United States and its allies; prevent, reduce, and counter WMD and emerging threats; and prevail against WMD-armed adversaries in crisis and conflict.  

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