Strategic Initiatives

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) priority initiatives and cross-agency efforts for 2024 will enhance focused efforts on critical activities and investments while adhering to our priorities, performing our core functions, and enabling efforts through our essential approaches. By continuing to align operations, activities, and investments (OAIs) across three broad areas – mission, people, and improving the agency – we will delineate between efforts that require further development, institutionalization, sustainment, or new efforts to meet current and emerging challenges. In so doing, these updated initiatives allow senior leaders to identify critical areas of execution, resourcing, and organizational modifications for decision.

DTRA’s core functions represent our enduring approach to deter, prevent, and prevail against WMD threats. Even as these essential activities continue, the agency must innovatively tackle new and pressing challenges. The following initiatives seek to elevate unique problem sets that require additional attention and focus from a strategic, agency-wide perspective.

Over the next year, DTRA will address identified gaps and augment our core functions through five cross agency initiatives designed to deliver expedited results by leveraging integrated, task-organized approaches to develop new capabilities and innovative solutions to these pressing problems.

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(Left) Colonel Andy Knight, Commander of the US Army’s 17th Field Artillery Brigade, briefs Brigadier Brett Chaloner (right), Commander of the Australian Army’s 13th Brigade, on the capabilities of a US Army High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher during an open day for 13 Brigade members and guests at Irwin Barracks, Karrakatta, near Perth in Western Australia.Two HIMARS launchers from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade are in Western Australia for Exercise HIGHBALL, which will develop how the Australian Defence Force employs long-range land-based precision rocket and missile systems.

Operationalize Campaign

The National Defense Strategy calls on the Department of Defense to utilize campaigning approaches to set conditions and shape the environment so the U.S. can prevail in competition and conflict against our most formidable strategic challenges.

U.S. Cyber Command members work in the Integrated Cyber Center, Joint Operations Center at Fort George G. Meade, Md., April. 2, 2021.

Modernize and Enhance Data
Analytics and Dynamic Decision Support

Over the next year, DTRA will leverage its cross-agency capabilities to enhance modeling, simulation, visualization, and decision support – internal to the agency and external to partners and customers throughout phases of competition, crisis, and conflict.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director (DTRA) Rebecca Hersman and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC) Kingston Reif traveled to the Republic of Kazakhstan for key leader engagements and site visits to commemorate 30 years of nonproliferation cooperation between the Agency and Kazakhstan from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

Strengthen Future
Arms Control

DTRA launched the Over-the-Horizon Arms Control (OTHAC) Initiative in 2022 to envision long-term future arms control, with a focus on three to fifteen years into the future.

Mr. Hunter Lutinski, SES, Director, Strategic Intergration Directorate (SI), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Mr. Kyle Lampela, SES, Director,( Directorate ), DTRA and Mrs. Amanda Richardson, SES, Director, Research and Development Directorate (RD), discuss professional development tactics and experiences with work/ life balance during a P3 Midpoint Refresher Seminar at DTRA headquarters on Fort Belvoir, Va.

Build an Integrated and
Forward-Thinking Agency

Preparing for future global trends is a national security imperative requiring strategic foresight, particularly given current global instability.

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Leadership participating in “Emergenetics” a P3 Orientation provided for the organization at Fort Belvoir Virginia

Advance the Workforce
of the Future

Recruiting, retaining, and empowering a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and highly skilled workforce remains vital to ensuring our human capital advantage.



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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