Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism
To counter the threat of terrorists acquiring and/or using weapons of mass destruction, WMDT works with foreign partners to establish, strengthen, and maintain their capabilities to deter, detect, defeat, and respond to terrorist attempts to acquire or use chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials.
Countering Nuclear Smuggling: Terrorists or other malicious actors could acquire smuggled or trafficked nuclear or radiological materials and use them to build a nuclear or radiological weapon. WMDT works with other nations to achieve a common understanding of the threat posed by nuclear smuggling, to identify specific steps to help counter and enhance foreign partners’ capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to this threat. To advance this mission, WMDT:
- Develops U.S. counter nuclear smuggling policy and advances U.S. interests in international organizations and with individual partner countries.
- Develops and implements bilateral agreements with foreign partners who commit to specific measures to counter nuclear smuggling, and connects foreign counterparts with U.S. experts in nuclear security, border security, radiological detection, and other related fields.
- Directly provides or facilitates Counter Nuclear Smuggling program capacity-building trainings and projects, or helps connect partner countries with international donors to fund or otherwise support CNS efforts.
- Chairs the Nuclear Trafficking Response Group and the Forensics Engagement Working Group, which each include representatives from the U.S. government.
- Coordinates U.S. government efforts in support of international nuclear forensics, including support for the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group, which the United States co-chairs with the European Commission.
- Serves as a U.S. point of contact for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Incident and Trafficking Database.
The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism: The GICNT, which the United States and Russia jointly co-chair, is an international partnership of 86 nations and five official observers that have endorsed a set of core nuclear security principles across the full spectrum of nuclear terrorism deterrence, prevention, detection, and response objectives. The mission of the GICNT is to strengthen global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism by conducting multilateral activities that strengthen the plans, policies, procedures, and interoperability of partner nations. To advance this mission, the GICNT has conducted more than 70 multilateral activities, including workshops and tabletop exercises, across the GICNT focus areas of nuclear detection, forensics, and response and mitigation. Questions? Visit www.gicnt.org or email Globalinitiative@state.gov.
Foreign Consequence Management: The FCM program coordinates U.S. Government consequence management engagement activities with partner nations to improve their national chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear incident response capabilities, with a focus on minimizing the impact of the contaminant on people and mitigating casualties.
Office Director: Renee Sonderman
Deputy Director: Ethan Glick