About the wisconsin project on nuclear arms control

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control conducts research and advocacy to stem the spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

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The Wisconsin Project was established in 1986 by now-Emeritus Professor Gary Milhollin. It is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization in Washington, D.C. founded in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin. The organization’s work is guided by the idea that the best way to stop the proliferation of mass destruction weapons is to do so at the source: to cut off the supply of material, equipment and technology needed to make these weapons. To that end, the Project uncovers and publicizes dangerous export transactions and works directly with countries to improve their export control systems.

As a result of the Project’s research and revelations in the press, Israel was forced to return nuclear material it had imported for improper purposes from Norway, Germany overhauled and strengthened its export control system, the U.S. Congress tightened restrictions on the sale of American supercomputers, and the U.S. Commerce Department restricted trade with 63 organizations in Pakistan and India following those countries’ nuclear weapon tests. The United States, the United Nations and the European Union also used the Project’s research to identify Iranian entities linked to nuclear and missile work whose assets should be frozen.

The Project has also provided direct assistance to U.S. and foreign government agencies to help them improve their export controls. In cooperation with the U.S. Defense and State Departments, the Project has trained nearly 800 export control officials in some 30 countries around the world. This initiative began in 1998, with countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It has since expanded to include countries elsewhere that are of concern for transshipment and diversion.

The Risk Report database and the Iran Watch and Iraq Watch websites are the Project’s three principal products.

The Risk Report is a leading source of unclassified information on companies around the world suspected of links to weapons of mass destruction programs or to terrorism. The Risk Report is a subscription database first produced in 1996 that is used by governments and companies to screen business transactions. Iran Watch is a comprehensive web site that tracks Iran’s ability to construct nuclear and chemical weapons and the missiles to deliver them. Iran Watch was launched in 2004 and now has nearly 1,000 on-line subscribers. The Project’s Iraq Watch web site was launched in 2002 and contains information about Iraq’s past mass destruction weapon programs, who supplied them, the U.N. inspection process, the post-war weapon search, and remaining disarmament questions. The site has been archived since August 2006.

The Wisconsin Project receives support through grants from the U.S. government and from several private foundations.