Technology & Trade

Security and Trade Efficiency Platform

Bridging WMD nonproliferation and supply-chain efficiency
STEP works with public and private stakeholders to implement measures that would improve supply chain security and efficiency in ways that align with WMD nonproliferation commitments.
Project Info

Gaps in law and enforcement, as well as physical and systemic vulnerabilities in supply chains can be exploited by bad actors for the illicit trafficking of dangerous materials, including “dual-use” items that can be used to develop weapons of mass destruction. Stimson’s Security and Trade Efficiency Platform (STEP) is a supply chain analysis and engagement program that assists partner countries in identifying dual-use goods in trade flows, and implementing security measures that also eases trade facilitation. Stimson experts engage with local public and private partners to map business processes, infrastructure, and regulations related to a given dual-use supply chain, and then offers operational and policy recommendations to strengthen security and streamline process efficiencies. Exploring the intersecting benefits of security and trade in this way can help demonstrate how global security issues such as WMD nonproliferation can have tangible positive impact on local economies.

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The Security and Trade Efficiency Platform Brochure

STEP examines the intersection of WMD non-proliferation and trade by engaging partner countries with critical global trade ecosystems in identifying, analyzing, and securing supply chains involving “dualuse” chemical / biological / radiological / nuclear (CBRN) materials.
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