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FBI Counterproliferation Center: Keeping weapons of mass destruction and other critical technologies out of the wrong hands.

The spread of WMD and other technologies is a significant threat to U.S. national security. That’s why the FBI established its Counterproliferation Center (CPC) in 2011. A component of our National Security Branch, the CPC combines the counterproliferation expertise of our Counterintelligence Division, WMD Directorate, and Directorate of Intelligence. All FBI counterproliferation investigations are managed by the CPC, which leverages law enforcement and intelligence techniques to prevent the acquisition of WMD and critical controlled technologies. Collaborative efforts with our federal partners and the private sector play an important role in our efforts.

In Depth

- Definition
- FBI Role/Authorities

Inside the CPC
- Overview

Internal Partners
- Counterintelligence
Directorate of Intelligence
- Weapons of Mass Destruction

External Partners
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Energy
- Department of State
- Director of National Intelligence


In the News

Chicago: Taiwanese businessman sentenced
for conspiring to violate U.S. laws preventing
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Louisville: Pair arrested for unauthorized
transfer of export-controlled items.
New York: Chinese national charged
in charged in Manhattan federal court with using
a web of front companies to evade U.S. sanctions.

Multi-Agency Counterproliferation Efforts

The FBI Counterproliferation Center works closely with other U.S. government centers, most notably:

Federal Export Enforcement Coordination Center SealExport Enforcement Coordination Center, which is managed by Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, serves as a conduit between federal law enforcement and U.S. intelligence agencies for the exchange of information related to potential U.S. export control violations.

National Counterproliferation Center SealNational Counterproliferation Center, which falls under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, helps lead U.S. intelligence agencies in developing integrated strategies and actions to counter current WMD threats and to anticipate and counter future threats.