An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop to examine key concerns regarding availability and movement of equipment for chemical manufacture that is of potential dual-use concern. The workshop will examine topics such as:
- How well do current systems to track production, sale, transfer, and destruction of equipment of dual-use concern operate? What shortcomings exist nationally and globally?
- How are advances in manufacturing technologies, such as increased use of microreactors or fermentation techniques for chemical production, impacting the ability to monitor for diversion or misuse of equipment?
- What changes might be necessary in the next 10 years to assure sufficiently robust tracking and monitoring of potential dual-use equipment to support U.S. and global non-proliferation goals?
The committee will develop the agenda for the workshop, select and invite speakers and discussants and moderate the discussions. The 2-day event will include plenary talks, discussion, and break-out sessions as appropriate. Invitees will include technical experts in chemistry and chemical engineering, experts in the global chemical industry, and experts in policy and non-proliferation. Participants will include members of the scientific community from industry, academia, and non-profit organizations. Governmental technical personnel and experts in non-proliferation will also be invited to participate. International attendees, particularly those from developing countries of interest (Pakistan, Indonesia, or others) will help provide a global perspective.