DTRA advances a safe, secure, reliable, and effective nuclear capability. A robust nuclear deterrent underpins the security of the United States and our allies. China, Russia, and North Korea are modernizing and expanding their nuclear forces. Potential adversaries view nuclear weapons as a means to challenge the United States and its allies. DTRA supports the U.S. nuclear deterrent through nuclear readiness and modernization, mission assurance, force preparedness, and treaty verification. In an evolving and ever complex geopolitical environment, the Agency does its part to ensure that our strategic deterrent remains viable to protect American interests and safeguard international security.

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGC) prepares to take off from the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO., Oct 30, 2016, during exercise Global Thunder 17. AFGS supports U.S. Strategic Command's (USSTRATCOM) global strike and nuclear deterrence missions by providing strategic assets, including bombers like the B-52 and B-2, to ensure a safe, secure, effective and ready deterrence force.

DTRA's objectives for maintaining a safe, secure, reliable and effective nuclear capability are:

Maintain positive control over U.S. nuclear weapons, components, and materials.

Identify and mitigate risk to the nuclear deterrent.

Sustain and expand readiness to execute nuclear operations, including conventional nuclear integration (CNI).

Understand nuclear weapons effects and integrate into planning. 



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