WHEN PROFIT-MINDED SUPPLIERS OF AN IED FACILITATION NETWORK USE THEIR TRANSNATIONAL LINKS TO PROLIFERATE THE CRITICAL COMPONENTS FOR WMD DEVELOPMENT

In the April issue of the CTC Sentinel, an article says that knowledge, materials, infrastructure, personnel, finances, and lines of communications are all components of both a WMD proliferation network and an improvised explosive device (IED) facilitation network.  The article looks at the “convergence”, where profit-minded suppliers of an IED facilitation network use their transnational linkages to proliferate the critical components for WMD development and facilitate their employment by non-state actors.  It says that examining the risk associated with convergence of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons networks, it is unlikely that profit-minded suppliers will be able to overcome the acquisition hurdles for obtaining the special nuclear material required to make a nuclear device. Convergence will, however, assist non-state actors in developing and employing biological and chemical weapons of minimal complexity – and pointing out that much of the critical material and information required for the development of a WMD is not illegal.

https://ctc.usma.edu/profit-minded-suppliers-wmd-pathways-combating-convergence

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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