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The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) supports research activities that benefit the public through analysis and engagement to reduce and counter the threats posed by WMD/WME. 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


History and Mission

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, established PASCC in 2011 to plan and conduct 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).

PASCC is charged with identifying and improving understanding of long-term trends that may be absent or not adequately analyzed in the current literature. PASCC supports and awards projects that link social science and technical domains to investigate and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities, intentions, and countermeasures five to 20 years out. PASCC’s success relies on research objectivity, accountability, and high-quality products that have immediate value to the government and the public.


PASCC's Project Selection Process

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 stakeholders benefit from the most rigorous research by the best subject matter experts (SMEs) in the field. In FY15, in accordance with the PASCC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released the previous spring, PASCC made 27 project awards to a variety of research performers. For FY16, PASCC anticipates 23 project awards based on its most recent BAA and 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. These projects were selected by the PASCC Proposal Review Committee, consisting of SMEs from the U.S. government representing various areas of expertise within the PASCC mission space. 


PASCC Governance

PASCC is directed by Professor Clay Moltz of the NPS Department of National Security Affairs. Dr. Michael Malley serves as the Executive Director. PASCC is also advised by the Center for the Study of WMD at the National Defense University. PASCC governance includes a Senior Steering Group (SSG) that assists the PASCC Director in setting research priorities. The 2015 SSG included representatives from the private foundation community, the national labs, the State Department, and other Department of Defense-affiliated entities.


Research Currently Underway

We encourage you to take a look at our Research in Progress (RIP) summaries for our new and ongoing projects. These RIP sheets describe the strategic relevance and proposed approach to each project, and are published when a project receives funding; they do not include project findings or conclusions. 

FY15 PASCC Projects    FY14 PASCC Projects


Contact Us


If you have questions about PASCC, please email us at pascc@nps.edu.


PASCC is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Joint Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Resources.


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News and Events

2016 PASCC Annual Report Released

PASCC has released its 2016 Annual Report, highlighting PASCC performers' research and summarizing PASCC's accomplishments and activities during FY16.

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FY16-17 Research in Progress Sheets Released

PASCC has released the list and Research in Progress (RIP) sheet descriptions for the 24 research projects and strategic dialogues selected to received FY16-17 funding through PASCC's 2015 Broad Agency Announcement. 

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2015 PASCC Annual Report Cover