WHO WE ARE
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.
DTRA’S CORE FUNCTIONS