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DOD - 5234 - Threat Reduction Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameThreat Reduction Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number5234
Original Establishment Date5/12/1998Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date12/16/2019Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*25
Current Charter Date5/30/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Official
Date Of Renewal Charter5/30/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of Defense DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone* 
Effective Date Of Authority*5/1/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email* 
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The DoD Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) was organized to advise and assist the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) on the reduction of the threat to the United States and its allies from nuclear, biological, chemical, conventional, and special weapons; sustainment of the nuclear deterrent; chemical and biological defense; counterproliferation; weapons effects; combating terrorism; and other matters related to the USD(A&S), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological ASD (NCB) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The TRAC identifies and considers emerging Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threats, reviews counters to such threats, and assesses the adequacy of DTRA, the Department of Defense writ large and other programs' responses to national policy and emerging threats. The Deputy Secretary of Defense through the USD(A&S) continues to task the Committee to be responsive and to provide recommendations and advice to the entire DoD. Further, the USD(A&S) continues her personal involvement with the Committee as well as tasking DTRA to provide Designated Federal Officer support and the ASD (NCB) administrative support to the Committee. The Secretary, Deputy Secretary of Defense and USD (A&S) attend the Executive Out brief sessions as their schedule permits. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense programs (ASD(NCB), attends the outbriefings. Other DoD Under Secretarys and Assitant Secretaries attend on an invitation basis by the sponsor. Other DoD Under Secretarys and Assistant Secretaries attend depending on the topic by special invitation of the sponsor.
How is membership balanced?*TRAC membership consists of retired non-DoD and DoD senior civilians and retired flag officers as well as former senior representatives from other Executive Branch Agencies, senior industry affiliated members and both active and retired eminent academics. Its pre-eminent scientific, military, and national security policy experts are actively engaged in activities associated with nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons technologies, special weapons investigations, counter-terrorism, and intelligence activities. The members were carefully screened to ensure they represented those segments of the scientific and technical communities and possessed broad military and national security policy expertise.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The TRAC will meet as mutually agreed between USD(A&S) and the Chairman of the TRAC. By Charter, the TRAC can meet in full-member committee session up to four times annually. The TRAC Chairman has stated that he will convene full-member committee sessions two to three times a year to reduce member travel costs. Due to scheduling conflicts, the TRAC only conducted one full-member plenary in FY19.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense has determined that no other DoD advisory committee can provide the independent advice provided by the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines the items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and only after consultation with the Office of the DoD GC.
Recommendation RemarksThe committee temporarily stopped work in FY18 due to the Deputy Secretary of Defense's Review of the DoD Advisory Committees, and the USD (A&S) determination of how to best utilize the committee.
In 2018, the Committee had no subcommittees and no members appointed as subcommittee members.
In 2019, the committee resumed studies on three (3) topics requested by the Under Secretary. The TRAC established three (3) subcommittes
Due to scheduling conflicts, the TRAC only conducted one full-member plenary in FY19


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee directly influences DoD combatting weapons of mass destruction, defense acquisition policy and the larger defense policy, as well as providing recommendations for interacting with other US govenment agencies more effectively. Classified studies on future Russian and Chinese military changes,Additionally, the chemical and biological topics studied, as well as a classified report on North Korean military capabilities and classified study on the continued intergration of the combatting weapons of mass destruction mission into the U.S. Special Operations Command was provided to the Under Secretary.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*109Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere were no recommendations provided in 2018, due to the stand down and review of the committee. In FY19, the Committee provided 5 recommendations to the sponsor. Which recommendations will be fully or partially implemented has not been determined by the sponsor's staff. There were no meetings in FY20 due to the Committee's termination.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*36.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentMany recommendations partially implemented include recommendations to expand or modify the scope of effort the sponsor has requested. Some recommendations are to change nothing in the current approach.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Via regular discussions between the committee chairman/vice chairman and the USD(A&S) sponsor, as well as ASD(NCB).Narrative Description*Committee provides near-term actionable advice on how the USD(A&S) can better organize, plan, and prioritize its resources and programs in order to address the threat of weapons of mass destruction. The topics and findings and recommendations are also briefed to USD (Policy) to improved cross-department exchanges of information. The Committee also provides recommendations to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the USD(A&S) for ways for the DoD to work more effectively and efficiently with other government agencies.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$29,765.63Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$6,875.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$625.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$625.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$115,075.00Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$152,965.63Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.35Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
Cost RemarksThe committee was terminated at the beginning of FY20 and no meetings were held. All costs are associated with closing down the Committee.Est Cost Remarks
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Computer Technology
Food and Drugs
Federal Government
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International Organizations
Radioactive Materials
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034962Challenges to the Viability of International Agreements on Chemical and Biological Weapons Subcommittee2020
 COM-034963Task Force on Scenario-Based Planning to Maintain the Credibility of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Subcommittee2020
 COM-034964Task Force on Support to Special Operations Command as the DoD Coordinating Authority for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Subcommittee2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035672Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033049Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001409Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002884Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003461Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004962Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005587Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007246Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007698Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009297Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009826Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011206Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011636Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013066Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013596Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014938Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015503Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016967Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017283Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2001
 COM-019097Threat Reduction Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019310Threat Reduction Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020799Threat Reduction Advisory Committee1998