Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR)

The Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction’s global threat reduction program is funded by the nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, demining and related programs account. These global threat reduction programs are aimed at reducing the threats posed by terrorist organizations or proliferant states seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction material, equipment, and expertise. Global threat reduction programs focus on front-line states such as Iraq and Yemen, critical states such as Indonesia, Philippines, and Egypt, and in regions where terrorist threats are on the rise, such as South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

CTR coordinates its programming closely with other offices at the Department of State as well as with other U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture. CTR works closely with the coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the G-8 global partnership against the spread of weapons and materials of mass destruction. CTR also facilitates coordination of other U.S. government departments and agencies seeking increased contributions for nonproliferation assistance from foreign governments.

Key Missions:

  • The biosecurity engagement program strengthens bio-risk management practices, enhances infectious disease detection and surveillance, and supports cooperative research and development worldwide to prevent terrorist access to dangerous biological agents.
  • The chemical security program seeks to reduce global chemical threats by implementing projects that enhance the ability of partner nations to disrupt chemical attack plots and strengthen the security of weapons-applicable chemical materials, expertise, and related infrastructure. CSP has been working with the Federation of Egyptian Industries Environmental Compliance Office to promote chemical security best practices among industry and academic communities for three years. In this time we have trained nearly 300 individuals, and helped FEI/ECO establish a national program for responsible care.
  • The partnership for nuclear security seeks to promote a self-sufficient nuclear security culture, ingrained in partner countries’ nuclear technical organizations, by encouraging responsible science and nuclear security-related best practices. Partnership activities include human reliability programs and insider threat mitigation, applied nuclear security culture in technical operations, and nuclear security for the next generation of scientists, technicians, and engineers.
  • The science centers program supports two international science and technology centers—the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow ( and the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine ( The two centers facilitate international science projects and assist the global scientific community to engage with scientists and engineers in the former Soviet Union.

Director: Phillip Dolliff