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Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance: Bureau Organization


Nuclear Risk Reduction Center (NRRC)
The U.S. Nuclear Risk Reduction Center operates the United States' communications links used to exchange information with foreign governments in support of arms control treaties and security-building agreements. More»

Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons (AVC/CBW)
Leads Departmental efforts to promote the global ban on chemical weapons embodied in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), manages the U.S. National Authority for the CWC, and assesses compliance with the CWC and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). More»

Office of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs (AVC/ESA)
The Office of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs serves as the lead within the Department for all matters relating to existing and prospective European and Euro-Atlantic arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and security arrangements concerning conventional and non-strategic nuclear weapons and forces. More»

Office of Emerging Security Challenges (AVC/ESC)
The Office of Emerging Security Challenges provides research, analysis, options, and recommendations to support the AVC Bureau Assistant Secretary, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (T), and other senior Department of State officials on all policy, programmatic, technical, and threat issues related to missile defense systems and cooperation, outer space security issues and transparency and confidence building measures, cyber strategic stability, and Arctic and Antarctic security issues. More»

Office of Multilateral and Nuclear Affairs (AVC/MNA)
The Office of Multilateral and Nuclear Affairs leads efforts to promote the vision of a safe, secure world without nuclear weapons through the development, negotiation and implementation of policies relating to bilateral and multinational nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements and commitments. More»

Office of Strategic Stability and Deterrence (AVC/SSD)
The Office of Strategic Stability and Deterrence supports the Assistant Secretary of the AVC Bureau and the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (T) in enhancing the security of the United States and its allies by promoting stability and reducing nuclear threats through the policy development, negotiation, and implementation of arms control and confidence-building measures. More»

Office of Verification, Planning, and Outreach (AVC/VPO)
The Office of Verification, Planning, and Outreach is responsible for establishing priorities, identifying emerging issues and recommending the use of the Bureau’s resources. Additionally, the Office is responsible for the identification of and advocacy for technological and analytical solutions to a broad range of verification and compliance issues for both current and future arms control challenges. More»


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