DTRA anticipates emerging CBRN challenges and develops solutions proactively to mitigate consequences. We must expect and hedge against uncertain developments. Over the past ten years—from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, to the destruction of declared Syrian chemical weapons at sea, to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and to COVID-19—unanticipated chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) crises demanded rapid solutions. In each case and in unique and tailored ways, DTRA rose to those unexpected challenges. As in the past, agility, adaptability, and flexibility across DTRA will reduce risk from future ‘Black Swan’ events, or any unprecedented and unexpected event, at the time it occurred. These attributes enable Directorates to respond during crises as well as develop solutions that will be applicable to future threats.

Defense Threat Reduction Agency Photo | Members from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) partner with members from the Country of Georgia to strengthen CBRN defense and response capabilities, Tibillis, Georgia.

DTRA's objectives, preparing for uncertainty:

Prepare Agency plans and personnel for crisis or contingency operations.

Provide CBRN expertise to military and civilian customers.

Advance allies’ and partners’ capability to identify, prevent, prepare for, and respond to CBRN incidents.

Identify and evaluate emerging threats.  



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