DTRA News

Jan. 23, 2023

DTRA and Penn State IIRM-URA to host Sea Air and Land Challenge in spring 2023

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) will kick off its annual Sea Air and Land (SeAL) challenge in early spring 2023. This event challenges middle and high school-aged student team’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to design, build and compete devices capable of navigating various environments. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) sponsors this event and lends subject matter expertise to ensure the event provides enough realism to replicate national security interests such as potential threats confronted by the U.S. Joint Forces and First Responders when executing counter weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) efforts.

Dec. 15, 2022

DTRA and Thailand Conduct “Official Handover Ceremony” Highlighting U.S.-Thai Partnership at the Completion of a Counter-WMD Equipment and Training Initiative

On 9 December 2022, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Kingdom of Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) conducted the “Official Handover Ceremony of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Detection Training and Equipment.” The equipment and training DTRA provided enables Thai first responders to safely enter a contaminated environment to detect, identify, sample, and monitor CBRN material using appropriate Personal Protection Equipment and detectors.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Dec. 15, 2022

DTRA Celebrates with South African Partners Opening of New Training Center for Disease Detection and Biosafety

Members of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) recently participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating completion of a construction project of the Regional Diagnostic Demonstration Center (RDDC) or “Training Center” at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg, Dec. 9.

Dec. 13, 2022

DTRA Culminates Counter-WMD Equipment and Training Initiative for Thailand with Three Back-to-Back Events

This Fall, a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) building partnership capacity team completed an intensive three-week slate of training for Thailand. They successfully transferred and provided training on new Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) detection and response equipment, followed by an in-depth Counter-WMD (CWMD) Operations course.

Dec. 12, 2022

Defense Threat Reduction Agency Celebrates Vaccine Lab Upgrades with Government of Kenya

Members of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) recently participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Kenya Veterinary Vaccine Production Institute (KEVEVAPI) to celebrate the provision of a new Effluent Treatment System (ETS) December 7, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dec. 5, 2022

DTRA Captures Real-time Feedback during Combatant Command Experiment

In theory, operating in an unknown, unexpected and unanticipated threat environment significantly hinders decision-making abilities. However, with the predictive posturing and capabilities possessed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Enterprise partners that theory has increasingly evolved to an almost-for-certain practical awareness when confronted with emerging chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), along with various intra-agency and industry partners, supported and participated in Operation Dragon Spear, Research, Development, and Acquisition Experiment (RDAX) at Fort Story, VA, from 23 to 27 Oct. 2022.

Nov. 22, 2022

Doing the Dirty Work

Officials here are developing an autonomous robotic system that identifies and maps chemical or biological warfare agent (CWA/BWA) contamination on vehicle surfaces, then decontaminates the surfaces, and clears that vehicle for unrestricted use by the Joint Force.

Nov. 16, 2022

DTRA Members attend International Forum on Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Cameroon

Members of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and over 350 health experts from Cameroon and around the world attended the fourth annual International Forum on Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Yaoundé, Cameroon Nov. 9-11. The forum focused on lessons-learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and strengthening public health emergency management systems and surveillance.

Oct. 31, 2022

DTRA’s Building Partnerships Director meets with The Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard.

DTRA’s Building Partnerships Director recently traveled to Montana to meet with The Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard. The purpose of this trip was to build on DTRA’s relationships with the Montana National Guard (MTNG).

Sept. 20, 2022

Members of DTRA Assess Partner Capabilities across Moldova

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program, with support from experts from The MITRE Corporation, recently conducted extensive engagements with the Government of Moldova to better understand how Moldova is using previously provided assistance.

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