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Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) supports research activities that benefit the public through analysis and engagement to reduce and counter the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction and weapons of mass effect (WMD/WME). Additional priority areas that reflect the addition of the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO), which is now part of DTRA, are included.

PASCC seeks to:

  • Cultivate national and international research community partnerships across domains
  • Bring scientific, technical, and social science faculty/experts together
  • Look ahead to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities and threats

Established in 2011, PASCC plans and conducts research studies and strategic dialogues that support the mission of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to counter the full spectrum of threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and weapons of mass effect (WME). Until 2016, the PASCC program was administered out of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. The Naval Postgraduate School continues to retain a large archive of PASCC research papers and can be found on the NPS website. Many PASCC papers may also be accessed via the Homeland Security Digital Library.


PASCC is directed by Dr. James Smith, INSS and PASCC Director, at the Institute for National Security Studies at the US Air Force Academy. PASCC governance includes a Senior Steering Group (SSG) that assists the PASCC Director in setting research priorities, and a Selection Committee that reviews and recommends selection of projects for funding.


FY19 notifications have been made


PASCC sponsors innovative studies by working with a diverse set of research partners.  The annual merit-based, peer-review process for selecting projects ensures that DTRA and other stake holders benefit from the most rigorous research by the best subject matter experts (SMEs) in the field.  PASCC project awards are based on the evaluation criteria of quality, rigor, and technical merits; responsiveness to PASCC’s BAA; the qualifications, capabilities, and experience of the performer; and cost realism and efficiency.

PASCC does not fund:

  • Development of technologies or scientific capabilities
  • Studies about cybersecurity or traditional counterterrorism
  • Construction projects

PASCC accepts but does not directly fund- Proposals from Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including Department of Energy National Laboratories. This includes subcontracting/sub-recipient efforts. (There is, however, a method in which FFRDC submissions will be taken into consideration.)


The PASCC FY19 research priorities and topics of interest have been published and can be found at:
PASCC FY19 Research Priorities and Topics of Interest

PASCC FY19 Broad Area Announcement (BAA) and CALL Links

The following links provide instructions on how to submit White Papers to PASCC. The Broad Area Announcement (BAA) was published in 2016 and will remain valid for 5 years. The BAA provides detailed information on the application process, including specific guidelines for the submission of White Papers. The CALL is updated annually and outlines areas of research that are of particular interest to DTRA. Although the year “2016” appears in the title of the CALL, the link below is current and valid for FY19 research.


PASCC – https://www.fbo.gov
PASCC – https://www.grants.gov


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If you have any questions about the submission process, please don’t hesitate to contact INSS at (719) 333-2717 or INSS@usafa.edu.  The INSS/PASCC director may be reached at (719) 333-7144.