What we do
CBRNE Security & Counterproliferation
Creating a safer world by tackling global security challenges
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield Explosives (CBRNE) are weapons that have the potential to create both mass casualties as well as mass disruption to society.
For more than 25 years – beginning with our role supporting scientists after the fall of the Soviet Union – CBRNE security has been at the core of our mission. We partner with international government agencies, industry, academia, and non-government organizations to develop solutions to mitigate the proliferation of CBRNE threats and the intentional and accidental misuse of these materials. Our projects strengthen international safety and security culture by enhancing risk management practices, improving in-country detection and response capabilities, securing facilities, and encouraging collaborative partnerships to reduce risk.
What Sets Us Apart?
Our outcome-oriented approach is achieved by utilizing our program manager framework and management expertise to build and achieve impactful solutions to global challenges.
Our Affiliated Partners
Our network of affiliated partners and internationally acclaimed Subject Matter Experts help advance our mission by ensuring that our programs are collaborative and provide sustainable solutions to the partner countries.
Our Global Footprint
With regional hubs in Europe, MENA, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, we leverage our local relationships to tailor and implement our ongoing programs impacting over 100 countries.
TOTAL AWARDS VALUE
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS ENGAGED
We build a safer, more sustainable world by advocating for the responsible and peaceful use of chemicals and preventing their misuse. We build and improve the capacity of partners around the world to secure and protect chemical assets and develop sustainable solutions to mitigate the proliferation of chemical threats.
- Physical & Procedural Security
- Chemical transportation security and supply chain management
- Public-private partnerships and voluntary industry initiatives
- Regulatory practices on procurement, storage, and trade of chemicals
- Emergency preparedness and CBRN incident response
- Know-Your-Customer and due diligence
- Securing soft targets and public transportation
- Chemical weapons and weapons-related technology transfer controls
- International norms on the use of chemical weapons and the consequences of violation
We promote cross-border security collaboration, multi-sectoral engagement, and compliance with national and international standards to reduce global biosecurity and biosafety threats.
- Biosafety & biosecurity culture development
- Pathogen security strengthening
- Identifying and countering emerging threats
- Multi-sectoral cooperation capacity building
- Institutionalizing the One Health approach
We advance international peace and security by promoting safe and secure uses of peaceful nuclear energy, nuclear security culture best practices, insider threat mitigation, countering violent extremist threats, training future generations, and facilitating international dialogue on emerging challenges.
- Nuclear security capacity building
- Nuclear security culture development
- Regional knowledge sharing & relationship building
- Stakeholder engagement, skill development & trainings
- Empowering women in nuclear through specialized trainings and networks
We strengthen partner countries’ ability to implement sanctions and detect and disrupt illicit activities by adversaries.
- Cybersecurity and countering malign cyber operations
- Maritime sanctions enforcement
- Counterproliferation finance
- Sectoral sanctions enforcement & best practices
- Sensitive technology transfer
- Know-Your-Customer trainings
- Open-source research on ballistic missile procurement networks
We strengthen the ability of partners in academia, government, and the private sector to protect their sensitive or dual-use data, research, and technology from illicit acquisition and misuse.
- Cybersecurity, cyber hygiene, cyber supply chain security, data governance, and information security practices to prevent data theft.
- Intellectual property (IP) protection & know-your-customer best practices to assist institutions to protect their dual-use IP, technology, and data from acquisition and weaponization
- Research integrity & knowledge security best practices that promote the transparent conduct of international scientific and technical collaboration around sensitive research areas.
We raise awareness of efforts to undermine nonproliferation norms, counter malign influence campaigns, and debunk disinformation surrounding global health, research, and nonproliferation regimes.
- Capacity building for journalists and media organizations
- Connecting technical communities with media stakeholders
- Enhancing governmental strategic communications
- Supporting research by universities, think tanks, and civil society institutions
Combating Chemical Security Threats from Returning Foreign Fighters
Dangerous threats at the hands of foreign fighters– individuals who have returned from participating in terrorist acts or trainings abroad– are a growing security concern for many countries. To help mitigate these emerging threats, CRDF Global partnered with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction, INTERPOL, the UN, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to implement a series of workshops and trainings for over 120 law enforcement, regulatory, and academic personnel from Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Securing Chemical Facilities in Lebanon
Following the ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020, chemical industries across the Middle East have started to re-examine security practices that leave them vulnerable to accidental or intentional chemical incidents as well as the theft of chemicals for illicit purposes.
This year, CRDF Global joined the Lebanese CBRN National Commission in their efforts to re-assess chemical security management and chemical inventory practices to establish a more solid foundation for public safety and security of facilities.
Biosecurity & Biosafety
Ebola Outbreak in the DRC
Since 2019, CRDF Global has worked closely with the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB), located in Kinshasa, Democratic of Congo (DRC), in renovating an existing subterranean space into a functional biorepository capable of storing a large number of biological samples safely and securely. Renovation efforts included electrical and plumbing installation, refurbishment of floors and ceilings to meet technical specifications, and installation of key security elements (caging, locks, etc.) to restrict access to authorized personnel.
Biosecurity & Biosafety
Enhancing Global Health Security
In 2020, CRDF Global expanded its strategic efforts in global health security with new work acquired through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Central Asia Region, South and Southeast Asia Region, and Middle East-North African Region to enhance regional and national preparedness to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19 and other health threats by strengthening regional public health emergency management systems.
Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation Workshop in Malaysia
In partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security Program, CRDF Global conducted a nuclear security and nonproliferation workshop in Malaysia for academics, students, and researchers from universities and research institutions in South Asia.
The workshop focused on the importance of insider threat mitigation and covered topics such as IAEA safeguards, real-life case studies of insider threat, and components of an effective nuclear regime.
Opening the Dialogue on Nuclear Security in South Asia
CRDF Global, in partnership with the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), conducted the Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation Webinar Series for academics, students, nuclear industry representatives, and researchers from universities and research and policy institutions from South and Southeast Asia.
“Global Affairs Canada’s Weapons Threat Reduction Program is looking forward to continuing its partnership with CRDF Global. This project will help build capacity in vulnerable regions to more fully implement UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea.”
Project Leader, Global Affairs Canada