How We Work

How We Work


NCBC leads the Intelligence Community's (IC's) efforts to develop integrated strategies and actions both to counter current weapons of mass destruction threats and to anticipate and counter future WMD proliferation.


It does so by:

  • Implementing Counterproliferation Strategies. Developing strategies to strengthen the CP mission. NCBC is providing direction and focus for the efforts of the Intelligence Community to address current and looming WMD proliferation issues.
  • Emphasizing Motivations, Intentions, and Disincentives. Breaking new ground. By moving beyond the traditional approach of treating WMD proliferation as primarily a technical problem, NCBC is instead promoting a multi-disciplinary approach to assessing and addressing the political, economic, cultural and other security issues related to counterproliferation.
  • Countering Proliferation: Beyond Just Report It. Encouraging CP professionals to go beyond simply reporting on proliferators' progress. By identifying opportunities for decision makers to reverse that progress, the NCBC in enhancing the IC's contribution to countering proliferation.
  • Ensuring Action and Result. Consistently evaluating the CP IC's performance. NCBC effectively and efficiently determines what is working and what is not, allowing a refocusing of efforts and resources accordingly.
  • Looking "Over-the-Horizon." Partnering with senior policymakers, NCBC is leading effots to develop collection and analytic strategies for emerging, over-the-horizon WMD threats, positioning the Intelligence Community to warn stakeholders of such threats and provide the insights needed to counter them as early as possible.
  • Focusing on the WMD and Terrorism Nexus. Working closely with the National Counterterrorism Center, NCBC is ensuring that all resources are leverages within the respective communities to deny terrorists and rouge states access to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear capabilities.
  • Working to Close Gaps. NCBC is developing strategic plans and consistently applying performance metrics to eliminate critical intelligence gaps on the U.S. Government's highest priority WMD proliferation concerns.
  • Enabling Real Information Sharing. NCBC's "Responsibility-to-Provide" Initiative is ensuring WMD analysts and collectors are receiving access to the full set of technical and non-technical information needed to understand and counter WMD proliferation.
  • Involving Outside Experts.NCBC is collaborating with experts outside of government to advance the counterproliferation mission. It created, for example, the Biological Sciences Experts Group to tap the expertise of our nation's scientific talent in academia and industry to address bio threats.
  • Developing Our Nations' Newest Counterproliferation Tools. By creating a Research, Development, and Integration (RDI) Fund (formerly known as the Innovation Fund), the NCBC is ensuring that the Intelligence Community can explore the newest and most innovative technologies and methodologies to tackle our toughest problems. This provides "seed money" for creative, multi-agency solutions to WMD intelligence challenges allowing NCBC to develop and promote new ways to solve hard problems.

National Counterproliferation and Biosecurity Center