Defense Threat Reduction Agency or DTRA was developed in late 1990 and is the youngest agency in the Department of Defense. DTRA’s reaches back to the Manhattan Engineering Project that was created to develop first atomic bomb during WW II. After the Manhattan project the Atomic Energy Act split into two part: The Atomic Energy Commission, and the Armed Forces Special weapons operations. Throughout the years the organizations changed and evolved until 1998 when DTRA was finally established combining those previous organizations (Defense Threat Reduction Agency, n.d.). Since then DTRA focus is to keep WMD out of the hands of terrorist and other enemies that intend to harm oth...
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... incident, with the nuclear contamination in the Pacific ocean, DTRA worked hand in hand with the Navy to keep them out of harm way. They recommended safe paths so that the Navy could sail through uncontaminated waters (Defense Threat Reduction Agency, n.d.).
In closing, even with the United States CBRN expertise DTRA play a vital role in the defense, response and future CBRN threats. With the vast expertise that DTRA provides not only to the US military but to other organizations around the world. I personally feel safe with an organization that thinks ahead and plans accordingly. As a CBRN soldier I see how DTRA is vital to the war on terrorism. Today DTRA leaders know the threat of terrorism, but they are confident that they will be ready for anything that may happen. They will continue to reach out to countries and build relationships to stop the threat.
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