DTRA enhances the Department of Defense’s ability to counter revisionist powers’ foreign influence and military forces across the globe. China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea seek to leverage their influence below the threshold of armed conflict as a means to undermine U.S. and allied interests. Potential adversaries are applying civil, military, and sub-state capabilities to achieve their ends. This includes information warfare, proxy operations, and subversion. As a result, DTRA’s mission to enable the Department of Defense extends into competition. The Agency executes programs that help counter competitors’ influence on a global scale. DTRA empowers Combatant Commands to compete through counter threat strategies. The Agency leverages and expands collaboration with international partners to strengthen U.S. influence where revisionist powers and rogue states are eager to develop or expand their malign influence.

Dr. Robert Pope (left), Director, Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) meets with Minister of Health Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bounkong Syhavong (right) to discuss health security cooperation in Vientiane, May 3, 2019. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of State)

DTRA's objectives for competing below the threshold of armed conflict:

Adapt the counter threat network toolkit to Great Power Competition.

Engage with allies and partners across the globe. 

Implement arms control agreements.

Prepare for future monitoring and verification requirements.



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