USI has built an enduring affiliation with the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). “DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. Their people are Subject Matter Experts on WMD, and address the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats. DTRA’s programs include basic science research and development, operational support to U.S. warfighters on the front line, and an in-house WMD think tank that aims to anticipate and mitigate future threats long before they have a chance to harm the United States and our allies. SCC-WMD, the U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, synchronizes Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction efforts across our military’s geographic commands and leverages the people, programs and interagency relationships of DTRA at a strategic level. DTRA works with the military services, other elements of the United States government, and countries across the planet on counterproliferation, nonproliferation and WMD reduction issues with one goal in mind: Making the World Safer.”
USI supports DTRA with engineering services in support of research, design, integration, test and evaluation of C-WMD and nonproliferation CBRNE technologies. C4ISR and Force Protection related initiatives include cyber defense and mobile computing. USI assists DTRA in increasing the centers of influence within international organizations; fostering chemical and biological agent defeat information exchanges; provide counter WMD capabilities to meet current threats and challenges; hard target defeat technologies and capabilities; research into weapons effects; radiation hardened microelectronic technology development, and increasing international, regional, and domestic Science and Technology (S&T) partnerships. USI support staff represents multiple scientific disciplines and provide comprehensive assessments and actionable information, based on scientific and evidence-based research, for DTRA decision makers. USI staff members support a range of DTRA-wide collaborative efforts, such as the DTRA Global Synchronization Conference series and the Nuclear Weapons Effects Center of Excellence. Staff members have also provided support to enhance war gaming across DTRA and implemented a portfolio of management concepts and tools for technology invest¬ment management.