Threats against our country are evolving. Global adversaries seek to destroy our nation's security.
They do not restrict themselves to borders, boundaries, or conventions.


DTRA ADAPTS TO A COMPLEX THREAT ENVIRONMENT AT THE SPEED OF RELEVANCY.

Our people are stationed at home and overseas, gathering insights and building alliances to help reshape and minimize the global threat environment.
We have a long history of challenging the status quo and overcoming what others think is impossible.
Our teams have their sights on the horizon, ever ready to defeat the unknown.

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WHO WE ARE

 

The Department of Defense established DTRA to integrate and focus the department's expertise against the real and ever-evolving threat of the proliferation and use of weapons of mass destruction or WMD. Under national and departmental policy and guidance and through close collaboration across the department, interagency, and our international partners and allies DTRA delivers innovative capabilities that ensure a strong, protected, and prepared joint force.

 

Part of DTRA's unique value stems from our dual roles as a defense agency and a combat support agency. In our defense agency role, we respond to requirements from the services as well as from the DOD offices, including the undersecretaries of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Policy and Research, and Engineering. These lines of authority give us strategic roles in the counter WMD fight through nuclear mission assurance, trading verification, building partnership capacity, and cooperative threat reduction, among many key programs.

 

STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES
 


NETWORK ANALYSIS

EXPAND ANALYTIC CAPACITY

CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT

ENABLE COMBATANT COMMANDS

EFFECTIVE NUCLEAR DETERRENCE

REEXAMINE BUILDING PARTNERSHIP CAPACITY

BUILDING PARTNERSHIP CAPACITY

STRENGTHEN SUPPORT TO THE NUCLEAR DETERRENT

TREATIES AND ON-SITE VERIFICATION

REALIGN CONVENTIONAL CAPABILITIES

OPPORTUNITY ANALYSIS

INTEGRATE THE AGENCY
 
 

DTRA NEWS & EVENTS

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DTRA UPDATE |  4 May 2021
Defense Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
Jennifer Walsh, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security and acting undersecretary of defense for policy; Dr. Brandi C. Vann, acting assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs; Navy Vice Adm. Timothy G. Szymanski, deputy command of U.S. Special Operations Command; and Dr. Rhys M. Williams, acting director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, testify during a subcommittee on intelligence and special operations hearing, May 4, 2021. Their testimony will include a review of the Defense Department’s strategy, policy and programs for countering weapons of mass destruction for fiscal year 2022. . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  31 MAR 2021
SAVING OUR HIDES:A KIT FOR EVERY OCCASION
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Fast decontamination is critical to military working dog survival. For immediate canine decontamination, current guidance recommends the use of existing human skin-based decontamination solutions, such as Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL), along with copious amounts of soap and water. RSDL is highly effective on human skin, but since the RSDL is a lotion optimized for human skin, it may not be the best option for dogs, such as when warfighters are downrange where there is not likely enough water to fully wash and rinse the dogs. As a result, DTRA-JSTO is developing an effective immediate decontamination kit specifically for military working dogs to rapidly remove contamination and reduce risk to both the dogs and their handlers.. . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  31 MAR 2021
TEAM KIRTLAND CAREER ASSISTANCE ADVISOR RECEIVES AF AWARD
377th Force Support Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. -- A senior noncommissioned officer assigned to the 377th Force Support Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., has been selected as the 2020 Air Force Higher Headquarters Command & Control Operations Headquarters Senior NCO of the Year, a functional award for the career field... . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  26 MAR 2021
DTRA SPONSORS STRATEGIC DIALOGUES WITH PARTNERS TO ADVANCE COMMON INTERESTS AND ADDRESS MUTUAL THREATS
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is exploring key, emerging challenges that will manifest over the coming decade and convey key takeaways to the DTRA workforce and Department of Defense (DoD) community. In collaboration with leading research partners, DTRA sponsors strategic dialogues outside official diplomatic channels. These events provide a venue and engagement framework for structured, but informal, discussions among U.S. and foreign subject matter experts on key strategic issues. . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  25 MAR 2021
DTRA ACCOMPLISHES CHEMICAL WEAPONS TREATY MISSION DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- International arms control treaties and agreement protocols involve activities that place operatives and inspectors up close and personal with some of the world’s most dangerous weaponized threat agents. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) worked closely with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC), the U.S. State Department and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Technical Secretariat to develop procedures that allowed for safe and continued Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) treaty monitoring activities. . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  19 MAR 2021
DTRA CAPACITY BUILDING EFFORTS ENHANCE PARTNER NATION CWMD CAPABILITIES
FORT BELVOIR, Va.-- In late 2019, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) formed the Building Partner Capacity Integration Cell (BPCIC) to improve capacity building program coordination amongst the agencies BPC programs, external influencers, and partner nations. DTRA’s BPC work has long served to solidify partnerships with foreign nations by working with them to enhance counter-WMD capabilities. This alliance-building approach bolsters our partners but also provides multiple benefits to the United States’ national security. . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  12 MAR 2021
DTRA’S COUNTER-PROLIFERATION EFFORTS SUPPORT PARTNERS AROUND THE GLOBE
FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) uses modest resources to achieve significant returns on investment made in foreign partner agencies that work around the globe to detect, interdict and prosecute illicit shipments of the world’s most dangerous materials. DTRA does so by working outside of the typical military-to-military engagement, employing a whole-of-government approach. . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  10 MAR 2021
DTRA SIDE-STEPS COVID CHALLENGES TO CONTINUE SUPPORT TO INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
FORT BELVOIR, Va.--The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) traditional “boots on the ground” approach to build security cooperation capacity with partner nations met with the unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic. . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  10 MAR 2021
USAF CBRN R&S DEMO
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, in its role the Joint Science and Technology Office held an Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) with a small team of U.S. Air Force Emergency Managers. . . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  23 FEB 2021
DTRA PARTNER NATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA ENABLED COUNTRIES TO RAPIDLY RESPOND TO OUTBREAKS
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) worked with Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to build and develop biological security, safety and surveillance capabilities as part of the Agency’s long term history of building partnerships with countries around the globe. . . . . read more

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DTRA UPDATE |  22 FEB 2021
DTRA PARTNERS WITH LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) recently partnered with the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense to install the Transportable Xenon Laboratory (TXL) and a high-volume air particulate sampler to measure radionuclide backgrounds near Vilnius, Lithuania. . . . read more

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