DTRA, through its trans-regional focus and strong partnerships, protects U.S. National Security interests in a rapidly evolving, globalized threat environment to enable a greater understanding of our adversaries and provide solutions to WMD threats in an era of Global Power Competition.

The current Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction focuses on reducing incentives; increasing barriers; managing risk; and denying the effects of current and emerging WMD threats through layered, integrated defenses.

For DTRA, to counter and deter WMD and emerging threats in the pursuit of these objectives includes initiatives across the continuum of competition and conflict – both left and right of “incident,” or adversary use of WMD.

DTRA focuses on a specific class of threat: Weapons of Mass Destruction, which include chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents with the potential to hold U.S. and allied interests at significant risk. The nature of WMD has changed since the Cold War, with ever-increasing complexity in development, delivery method, and attribution. While our portfolio is more complex than ever, the Agency continues to anticipate emerging threats and provide solutions to keep our adversaries at bay.

DoD established DTRA to integrate expertise and capabilities against the real and ever-evolving threat of the proliferation and use of WMD. We serve two distinct, yet highly integrated roles as both a Defense Agency and a Combat Support Agency.



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The enduring factor enabling us to provide consistent value to the DoD and the US government is our people. Whether it is world-class scientists developing cutting edge therapeutics for pathogens, to planners providing the Joint Force with solutions to complex WMD problems, to specialists ensuring that the world’s most dangerous weapons and materials are safe and secure, to a 24/7 technical reach-back capability that provides real-time expertise, our people are our most precious resource.

DTRA supports and, in many cases, serves as the executive agent for every facet of the counter-WMD (CWMD) mission. These activities include cooperative threat reduction, CWMD capability research and development, force protection, nonproliferation, arms control, partner capacity building, CBRN table-top and field exercises, plans support, and strategic dialogues. DTRA works with partners to understand, disrupt, secure, interdict, and counter WMD as well as emerging threats.


Do the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons, regardless of circumstances or consequences.

Understand and meet the operational needs of those we support.

Sustain dignity and respect by fostering an inclusive, engaged and capable workforce,
trusted to take personal initiative, enabled and supported by leadership.

Be bold with courage to fail and the inspiration to learn and develop creative solutions.

Be risk-tolerant and operate at the speed of relevancy.

Collaborate with and support our partners and each other, always putting the mission first.