Defense Threat Reduction Agency: 20 Years of Making the World Safer

“As an agency, DTRA started 20 years ago, but it wasn’t starting from scratch,” said Vayl Oxford, DTRA director. “It was initially created to focus various C-WMD efforts throughout the Department of Defense, and we’ve been building on those past successes ever since.”

Under the Defense Reform Initiative of 1997, the Defense Special Weapons Agency, the On-Site Inspection Agency, the Defense Technology Security Administration, the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, and the Chemical-Biological Defense Program were brought together to better synchronize the related nuclear deterrent and C-WMD efforts. DTRA was formally established on October 1, 1998.

DTRA’s mission has evolved over the past two decades, to now include WMD terrorism, countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the networks that build and use them, and an increased emphasis on helping partner countries build and train their own C-WMD or counter improvised threat capabilities.

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Source: Newswire/U.S. DoD