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Arms and Strategic Technology Proliferation

Arms and Strategic Technology Proliferation

Arms and Strategic Technology Proliferation

Preventing illicit export and transfer of sensitive military and dual use technology and defense articles

Every day, HSI special agents assigned to the agency's counter-proliferation investigations (CPI) program are on the front lines of the U.S. government's fight to prevent the illicit export and transfer of sensitive military and dual-purpose technology and defense articles to transnational criminal organizations, terrorist groups, adversarial nation states and other nefarious entities operating around the world. As the only U.S. government agency with full statutory authority to enforce all U.S. export control laws relating to military items, controlled dual-purpose goods and sanctions violations, HSI stands at the forefront of the government’s counter-proliferation mission.

The HSI CPI program mission has three main prongs:

  • Combat the illegal export and proliferation of sensitive U.S. military and dual-purpose equipment, technology and services.
  • Protect American innovation and strategic defense and economic superiority.
  • Inflict maximum disruptive effects against adversaries, sanctions violators and other malign actors.

HSI’s efforts in the CPI arena have led to successes on a global scale and have resulted in the following accomplishments in furtherance of HSI’s mission to protect national security and maintain U.S. border integrity:

  • Disrupted the efforts of the Iranian regime to enhance their WMD and ballistic missile programs.
  • Identified and dismantled pipelines used to smuggle U.S. weapons, unmanned aerial systems and other military equipment to war zones in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
  • Seized millions of dollars from entities actively violating American and international sanctions on North Korea and Venezuela.
  • Countered China’s subversive efforts to acquire sensitive information and technology to advance their strategic long term economic and national security goals.
  • Dismantled networks of front companies used by Russia to illegally acquire U.S. origin radiation hardened microchips.
  • Combatted the cross-border smuggling of weapons to transnational criminal organizations in Mexico and South America.
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Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2)

Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2)

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Project Shield America

Project Shield America

Advancing the counterproliferation mission through outreach to industry and academia

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Weapons Trafficking

Weapons Trafficking

Disrupting the illicit flow of weapons, firearms component, and ammunition

If you have information regarding international terrorism, violations of U.S. export laws, or economic sanctions and embargoes, please call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423; TTY for hearing impaired: 802-872-6196).

Updated: 01/12/2021