Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation
The United States is dedicated to preventing the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons to states, non-state actors, and terrorists. The President's December 2002 National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) outlines the primary tools to achieve this goal: active nonproliferation diplomacy, multilateral regimes, threat reduction programs, export controls, and sanctions. The U.S. has made important gains in each area. Read more about these tools.
The growing global threat to U.S. national security from available WMD-relevant expertise prompted Congress to broaden the State Department's legislative authorities for WMD redirection efforts, including programs with special relevance to chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation. See information about programs under authorities concerning Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Expertise (NWMDE).