Cooperating with international partners is essential to protecting the global supply chain and the safety of American citizens. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is partnering with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to form Program Global Shield. This program aims to thwart the smuggling of precursor chemicals that could be used to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which are weapons commonly used against American troops and U.S. interests overseas.
What started in November 2010, as a 6-month pilot project, Program Global Shield, is now a long-term WCO program. Nearly 100 countries and international organizations are now sharing information on 14 precursor chemicals used for IEDs. This was the first time that the international community, as a whole, addressed the threat posed by these dangerous precursor chemicals. With real-time information and intelligence sharing, partners are now better equipped to identify whether or not shipments are legitimate. Other key components of Program Global Shield include interdiction, investigative efforts, training, and industry outreach.
The Counter-Proliferation Investigations Unit housed within Homeland Security Investigations's (HSI) National Security Investigations Division (NSID) oversees this ICE-led project. Along with the international partners, HSI has teamed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Program Global Shield. HSI and CBP also work with other federal entities to effectively accomplish this mission.
Program Global Shield has three main goals that it seeks to accomplish: