FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) is a division of the National Security Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. WMDD addresses and investigates emerging threats the United States faces from the use of weapons of mass destruction. WMDD specifically consolidates all relevant FBI assets under one comprehensive program capable of detecting, deterring, and dismantling WMD programs. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Division's funding and manpower have significantly increased.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Common nameFederal Bureau of Investigation
MottoFidelity, Bravery, Integrity
Agency overview
FormedJuly 26, 1908; 111 years ago (1908-07-26)
Employees35,104[1] (October 31, 2014)
Annual budgetUS$8.3 billion (FY 2014)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
United States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
Legal jurisdictionAs per operations jurisdiction
Governing bodyU.S. Department of Justice
Constituting instrument
General nature
HeadquartersJ. Edgar Hoover Building
Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Sworn members13,260 (October 31, 2014)[1]
Unsworn members18,306 (October 31, 2014)[1]
Agency executives
Child agencies
Major units
Field offices56 (List of FBI Field Offices)
Significant operation(s)


The Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate is headed by Assistant Director, who reports to the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI National Security Branch. The current Assistant Director is Brian Boetig, who was appointed by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray on August 14, 2018.[2] Previously, John G. Perren, who was appointed by then FBI Director Robert Mueller on May 10, 2012,[3] held the position.


The Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate has three sections:

  • Intelligence and Analysis Section
  • Countermeasures and Preparedness Section
  • Investigations and Operations Section

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Frequently Asked Questions". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  2. ^ FBI Announces Executive Appointments, FBI National Press Office, 2018-11-14
  3. ^ John G. Perren Named Assistant Director of Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, FBI National Press Office, 2012-05-10

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