United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Georgia: Bilateral Effort in Cooperation for the Safe Maintenance of Hazardous Materials

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many former states, including Georgia, were left to deal with stockpiles of potentially hazardous materials: nuclear, chemical, and biological.  Since 1992, the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has been working with its partners across the Georgian government to institute enhanced capacity for the safe storage, handling, ...
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U.S. Embassy Supported Exercise for Georgian Security Partners

This Joint Maritime Operations Center Table Top Exercise (JMOC TTX) facilitated by DTRA’s International Counterproliferation Program, brought together Georgia’s maritime-oriented interagency on 8-11 August to collaboratively respond to port and coastal security scenarios. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S Defense Threat Reduction Agency worked shoulder to shoulder at various locations along Georgia’s ...
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Ambassador Degnan Media Comments in Press Gaggle at the Sheraton

Question about Judge Lasha Chkhikvadze’s comment alleging U.S. Embassy interference in his decision on Nika Gvaramia’s case Ambassador Degnan:   Any suggestion that the United States was interfering in the judicial process here is, is simply not true.  We’ve spent years helping Georgia build an independent, impartial, transparent judiciary.  It is an essential pillar of ...
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Export Control and Border Security Program (EXBS) Enhances Georgia’s Rapid Border Enforcement Response Capacity

From June 27 to July 1, an EXBS-funded team of twenty Customs and Border Protection security specialists conducted specialized training for twenty border guards from the Rapid Response Force (RRF). The training was a follow-up of the assessment carried out earlier in May on the Georgia Border Police’s (GBP) border response capabilities. It was focused ...
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DTRA facilitated cross-border Veterinary Health Workshop

On 27 Jun, the Embassy Tbilisi Defense Threat Reduction Office facilitated a cross-border veterinary health workshop between partners from the Georgian State Laboratory of Agriculture and National Food Agency, along with members of the Azerbaijani Agrarian Services Agency, Veterinary Science Research Institute, and Food Safety Institute. This was the first in a series of technical ...
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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Donates $400k in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Detection Equipment

DTRA’s International Counter Proliferation Program delivered CBRN equipment valued 400,000 USD to the Ministry of Internal Affairs Police Academy.  This CBRN detection, protection, and decontamination equipment will serve as training aids to support the Police Academy’s effort to institutionalize CBRN training into its national curriculum for police force first responders and CBRN specialists.  The Police ...
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Joint Maritime Operations Exercise in Batumi

To help improve Georgia’s response to coastal security incidents, the U.S. Embassy supported a Joint Maritime Operations Exercise in Batumi. The Embassy’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency representatives provided mentorship and equipment for the exercise which brought together numerous Georgian agencies, including Coast Guard, the Maritime Transport Agency, and Customs to improve inter-agency coordination for quick ...
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U.S. Embassy donates supplies to State Laboratory of Agriculture

Over the past year, the United States has provided more than $7 million in assistance to help Georgia fight the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the government continues delivering essential services to the people of Georgia. Yesterday, our new Deputy Chief of Mission, Rian Harris, helped the U.S. Embassy’s Defense Threat Reduction Office deliver personal protective ...
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DTRA donates vehicles to Georgian Border Police

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Proliferation Prevention Program delivered six troop carriers, two 6000 liter fuel trucks, and seven Suzuki off-road vehicles to the Georgia Border Police to increase mobility to the remote border sectors. The equipment will enhance personnel access and enable fuel re-supply to remote border sectors in all weather conditions throughout the ...
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Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through DTRA

Today at Juta, Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). On land and sea, the Georgian Border Police provide the Georgian people safety and security. When our partners are safer, so are the American people. This border station ...
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DTRA supports NCDC and Lugar Center with virus neutralization test kit

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is supporting Georgian national research studies at the National Center for Disease Control/Lugar Center on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.  DTRA donated three surrogate virus neutralization test kits, manufactured in New Jersey, which offer a novel technology for determining neutralization antibody levels to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This offers key ...
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U.S. Government donates specially equipped vehicles to Georgian Border Police

Today, A/DCM Catherine Schweitzer, Defense Attaché COL Stephanie Bagley, and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Ioseb Chelidze witnessed the Georgian Emergency Management Services receive their primary transportation and delivery systems from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In addition to the ceremony for the official transfer, A/DCM Schweitzer also saw firsthand the use of the equipment ...
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U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)

U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)   Today Ambassador Degnan joined Minister Tikaradze in welcoming the arrival of high caliber testing equipment and materials to conduct 4,000 gold-standard RT-PCR tests, as well as almost $20,000 in personal protective equipment, donated by the U.S. ...
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Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31)

Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31) Along with highly skilled medical professionals, Georgia also has chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense teams that have been trained and fully equipped through the U.S.  Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) assistance programs. These same teams are currently using that ...
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The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)

The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)   Today CDA Elizabeth Rood opened the 5th Annual Interagency Council on CBRN threats and highlighted the United States and Georgia’s shared commitment to, and investment in, global security. The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), committed equipment and training to Georgia ...
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Police Academy Hosts Training on Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigation (July 28)

Police Academy Hosts Training on Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigation The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) International Counter Proliferation Program (ICP) organized a training course on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Crime Scene Operations (CSO) at the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.  The course enhanced Georgian government ...
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DTRA visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi (February 13)

DTRA visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi (February 13) During their trip to Georgia, the delegation from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi. Deputy Director Rear Admiral Scott B. Jerabek was hosted by the ...
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Georgian Border Police command/control center at Sadakhlo (October 27)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Georgian Border Police command and control center at Sadakhlo (October 27) On October 27, Ambassador Kelly delivered remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Georgian Border Police command and control center at Sadakhlo.  This upgraded facility is part of the U.S.-Georgia Land Border Project that is enhancing the capabilities of the ...
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