WASHINGTON, September 2015 – As of August 31, 2015, The National Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Technical Reachback Enterprise (NCTRE) reached initial operational capability. This is a major step for DTRA and the larger CWMD community. According to DTRA Director Kenneth Myers, “This is a revolutionary change for DTRA’s One Team and a natural evolutionary change for meeting the CWMD reachback needs of our Nation. In short, we are expanding the available subject matter expert (SME) base and integrating net-centric solutions for better SME collaboration in order to support the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) technical needs of the warfighter.”
These advancements are a result of findings within the 2014-2018 Defense Planning Guidance and resulting formal tasking from the Deputy Secretary of Defense in August 2013. This directed DTRA to “develop capabilities to provide DoD with a singularly focused National Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Technical Reachback support element to link DoD, interagency and other national and international technology base subject matter experts into a collaborative net-centric information environment. The cell will serve as the single point of contact for US warfighter CWMD technical needs.”
Over the past several years, DTRA has provided CWMD and CBRNE technical reachback support to numerous U.S. Government customers. Since 2004, the annual number of requests for information (RFI) has increased tremendously. In 2014, DTRA completed 2,080 RFIs, which is a 33% increase from 2013. Additionally, customers’ needs and mission requirements are becoming increasingly complex. This is attributed to the loss of CWMD- and CBRNE-related positions and increase in CWMD and CBRNE mission space throughout the DoD and interagency.
These factors necessitate the move to a National CWMD Technical Reachback Enterprise where, DTRA can lead the synchronization effort leveraging the broader DoD and interagency SME community to provide the warfighter and other customers with the best whole-of-government response to CWMD technical needs.