June 10, 2021

DTRA’s Partners in North and West Africa Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is supporting the Kingdom of Morocco and Senegal develop counter-weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) capabilities under the Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction Security Cooperation Engagement Program (CSCEP) and partnering in U.S. Africa Command’s (USAFRICOM) Exercise AFRICAN LION 21, a full-scale exercise 7-18 June 2021.

June 8, 2021

The United States and the Philippines Partnership to Defend against Disease Outbreaks

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) renovated seven regional animal disease diagnostic laboratories across Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao in the Philippines. The Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP), a component of the Department of Defense’s Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, works with partner nations across the world to peacefully facilitate detection and reporting of infectious diseases, promote laboratory safety and security best practices, and establish international partnerships to reduce threats from dangerous diseases.

May 17, 2021

DTRA Kicks-off Fourth Chemical & Biological Operational Assessment

FORT STORY, Va. - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is gearing up to kick-off the fourth iteration of its signature Chemical and Biological Operational Analysis (CBOA) event. This Joint Force engagement is a scenario-based, live field exercise that provides DTRA technologists with essential end-user feedback. This feedback is then used to directly enhance the development of warfighter capabilities in a chemical or biological contested environment through steering developmental course corrections or confirmations, and system vulnerability and limitation analysis. The event will take place at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, Va., from May 24-28, 2021.

May 14, 2021

DTRA's Denuclearization Legacy to Remember

Throughout the year 2021, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program is celebrating 30 years of collaboration with foreign partners to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by securing and eliminating chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) material, infrastructure, and expertise.

May 7, 2021

ISO Hearing Reviewing DOD Strategy, Policy, and Programs for Countering WMD in FY22

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.

May 4, 2021

On Location

CBRN systems are being adapted to go more places with the warfighter. American forces and our allies face potential but real symmetric and asymmetric Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) threats during forward deployed operations. As such, it is vital to possess capabilities to protect, mitigate, and understand these threats to facilitate effective decision-making so that the force can continue operations within a hazardous environment.

March 31, 2021

Saving Our Hides: A Kit for Every Occasion

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.

March 31, 2021

Team Kirtland Career Assistance Advisor Receives AF Award

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.

March 26, 2021 March 26, 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.

NEWS March 25, 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.