The Office of Export Control Cooperation, in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN/ECC) is the U.S. government’s premier provider of assistance to foreign governments to ensure strategic trade control systems meet international standards and to establish independent capabilities to detect, interdict, investigate, and prosecute illicit transfers of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), WMD-related items, and conventional arms. ISN/ECC accomplishes this goal through the promotion of dialogue, provision of training, and donation of equipment under the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program. The office reports to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs Simon Limage.
ISN/ECC program managers work closely with regional bureaus and country desks in the State Department to assess global nonproliferation risks and needs. Program managers also coordinate with all interagency U.S. government nonproliferation strategic trade and border control assistance programs. Officers establish priorities for such assistance in conformance with U.S. nonproliferation initiatives.
Through its chairmanship of the Nonproliferation Export and Border Control Assistance Interagency Working Group, ISN/ECC coordinates U.S. government nonproliferation strategic trade and border control assistance programs and establishes priorities in conformance with U.S. nonproliferation policy goals to stem the proliferation of WMDs and their delivery systems, and prevent destabilizing transfers of conventional weapons and related goods and technologies. ISN/ECC also coordinates U.S. government efforts in this area with foreign assistance providers, including the European Union, Japan, and Australia.
Key missions of the office include:
1) Developing, implementing, and managing the EXBS program to help governments establish, strengthen, and enforce strategic trade and border control systems and responsible strategic trade control policies consistent with international practices.
2) Assessing the effectiveness of program countries’ national strategic trade control systems.
3) Reviewing, evaluating, and recommending to the ISN Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs projects that other U.S. government agencies are prepared to undertake to assist foreign governments in improving national strategic trade systems.
4) Managing and implementing additional programs apart from those implemented by other U.S. government agencies, including the responsibility for strategic trade control capacity-building in foreign partner states.
5) Chairing the Nonproliferation Export and Border Control Assistance Interagency Working Group.
The assistance provided by ISN/ECC also assists other nations in fulfilling their UNSCR 1540 commitments. UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (April 2004) requires U.N. member states to adopt and enforce effective laws and measures to prevent non-state actors from developing or acquiring WMD.
The Office of Export Control Cooperation Director is Nan Fife; the Deputy Director is Andrew Church. For a complete staff listing according to regional focus, see our Contact Us page.