Cooperative Threat Reduction

Cooperative Threat Reduction At A Glance

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The Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, housed within the Defense Department, was created to secure and dismantle weapons of mass destruction and associated infrastructure in the former Soviet states. 

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The Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, housed within the Defense Department (DOD), was created to secure and dismantle weapons of mass destruction and associated infrastructure in the former Soviet states. The CTR program emerged out of the Soviet Nuclear Reduction Act of 1991, also known as the Nunn-Lugar Program since it was initiated by U.S. Senators Sam Nunn (D-GA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN). Under DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the program aimed to address the large nuclear arsenals inherited by former Soviet states after the Soviet Union’s collapse. The program has four stated aims: to dismantle weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and associated infrastructure in the former Soviet states; consolidate and secure WMD and related technology and materials; increase transparency and encourage higher standards of conduct in adherence to nuclear agreements and nonproliferation activity; and support defense and military cooperation with the objective of preventing proliferation. The authority has since expanded to other countries, including part of the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. To date, the CTR program led to the dismantling of over 7,600 warheads, the destruction of more than 2,300 missiles, and the securing of 24 nuclear weapons storage sites. 

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