INDRAC's Role in the Fight Against WMD
ARA Partners with DTRA to Develop Database to Track Threats and CapabilitiesJune 2012
For nearly six years ARA has partnered with Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating WMD (DTRA/SCCWMD) to develop and maintain the Interagency Combating WMD Database of Responsibilities, Authorities, and Capabilities (INDRAC) system. INDRAC is an interactive strategic-level reference resource database designed to help the US Strategic Command to fulfill its mission to synchronize efforts within the Department of Defense to combat WMD.
The Capital Area Division (CAD) and the Southeast Division (SED) supported the original June 2006 contract to build INDRAC, with system design, development, and data content population of unclassified and classified versions of the systems brought online in January 2008. Later that year INDRAC gained the backing of the U.S. National Security Council, who endorsed INDRAC as the USG CWMD reference resource system. The CAD is now the ARA lead division and has since implemented INDRAC on DTRA’s networks (NIPRNet and SIPRNet) with a Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System(JWICS) version pending Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) approval.
INDRAC's tool suite enables nearly 4,000 users to search and display information — both textually and graphically. An online document library, glossary, user-help, user-feedback and data update tools are available, as well as system-wide statistics on data content, system availability and system usage. INDRAC does not assess readiness or replace existing tasking processes or procedures, but serves to inform operations and aid in planning, advocacy, training, and exercises.
The INDRAC team works with all departments and agencies to update their information on an annual basis, and individual organizations can provide additional changes at any time. Capabilities are categorized and cross-referenced to the three pillars of the National Strategy to CWMD (Nonproliferation, Counter-proliferation, Consequence Management) and to the eight military CWMD missions, to the chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) threats addressed, and to keywords.
As part of the INDRAC team, the CAD is continuously working to improve the utility of this system. Several CAD engineers recently demonstrated INDRAC at the Global Sync Conference as well as at several other Combating WMD related conferences.