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Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies: Mission Statement

The Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies (VTT) 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. In this regard, AVC/VTT is responsible for assisting in the coordination of National Technical Means (NTM) to support the collection and analysis of data to detect the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the means of their delivery. In addition, the Office is responsible for providing analytical assessments on WMD and the means of their delivery to support verification and compliance issues.

The Office co-chairs (along with DoD and DOE) the interagency Nonproliferation and Arms Control Technology Working Group, helping to coordinate the government’s investment strategies for sensor research and development. The Office also manages the Key Verification Assets Fund (V Fund) for the Bureau to further promote the maintenance or development of technologies to address our verification and compliance requirements.

The Office supports the AVC Bureau Assistant Secretary’s responsibilities as the principal policy liaison to the Intelligence Community (IC) on all arms control, verification and compliance matters. These responsibilities include representing the AVC Bureau on boards, committees and working groups to articulate requirements for collection and analysis of data to verify compliance with arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments. In an effort to coordinate technologies supporting NTM, AVC/VTT works with government, industry, and academia to ensure that critical sensor systems are properly researched, developed, funded, operated and deployed in support of the Administration’s arms control objectives.

AVC/VTT is also responsible for maintaining expert knowledge on the methodologies used to exploit data from a wide variety of sensor programs, and to assemble the resultant data into analytical assessments of WMD and the means of their delivery to support verification and compliance objectives.

AVC/VTT manages the Foster Fellows Program for the Department and coordinates bureau requirements for other fellowship opportunities.


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