Senior Defense Leaders Visit Kazakhstan to Commemorate Cooperative Anniversary

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Source: Photo by Andrea Chaney (DTRA),
Source: Photo by Andrea Chaney (DTRA),

November 17, 2023 | Originally published by DTRA on November 10, 2023

FORT BELVOIR, Va.—The Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director (DTRA) Rebecca Hersman and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC) Kingston Reif traveled to the Republic of Kazakhstan for key leader engagements and site visits to commemorate 30 years of nonproliferation cooperation between the Agency and Kazakhstan from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

The engagements included discussions with Kazakhstan’s Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Energy, National Guard, and National Nuclear Center (NNC) to commend Kazakhstan for its global leadership role in nonproliferation causes. Director Hersman signed new memoranda of understanding (MOU) with both the National Guard and NNC leadership to codify joint goals and expectations for continued nuclear security cooperation under the U.S.-Kazakhstan Umbrella Agreement. The MOUs emphasize additional training sustainment and capability development for security of the Semipalatinsk Test Site and Kazakhstan’s other nuclear infrastructure and material.

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