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Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Expertise

The Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Expertise program seeks to redirect the work of former WMD scientists and technicians in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere from efforts that might harm the US toward peaceful and economically sustaining work.


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Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program has been an instrumental part of US Government efforts aimed at preventing the proliferation of WMD technology to other nations by former weapons scientists in the former Soviet Union. For example, by the end of 2005, 27 WMD institutes and scientists that had been provided assistance under this program were redirected to sustained commercial ventures.
  • The program focus is increasingly weighted toward projects and programs that seek to create viable business enterprises using former WMD institutes and scientists. This reduces the need for continued long-term US assistance.
  • An interagency policy review group works to ensure against duplication among various assistance programs to recipient countries. Each year, 15 percent of ongoing projects are audited and program officers are trained and certified Contract Officer Representatives.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Reviewing mechanisms to monitor the impact of the program on scientist attitudes regarding potential proliferation of expertise.
  • Reviewing the feasibility of long-term tracking of participating scientist activities to demonstrate long-term program success.
  • Engaging Russia and other countries to ensure program continuity and success, and expanding the program to new countries of concern such as Iraq and Libya.

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