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Project D-TECT: countering the Diversion of arms using TEChnology Tools

New paper & event

In a new paper, the Flemish Peace Institute and UNIDIR seek to bridge this gap by presenting a needs-driven, systematic, and context-sensitive framework to identify and assess technologies that could strengthen efforts to counter the diversion of conventional arms and related components.

Download the food-for-thought paper here.

This paper was presented during an event at ATT CSP 9 on August 24, 13:15 – 14:45 CET, Room F, CICG  at the ATT CSP9 Conference venue in Geneva. Learn more about the event here.

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Rationale and goals of project D-TECT

Contrary to other industrial sectors, the use of technology to ensure the security of international arms transfers and prevent the diversion of conventional arms, their ammunition and parts and components, is comparatively under-utilised. Yet, technology solutions may improve the monitoring of arms flows and allow for better tracking and tracing of weapons or their components across their lifecycle.

Project D-TECT aims to:

Scope, approach and methodology

Project D-TECT focuses on two specific types of conventional weapons: small arms and light weapons (SALW) and components of conventional weapons (CWC). With respect to the latter, the project will look at components of UAVs and at high-definition electronic components.

The project is made up of two consecutive phases:

Phase 1

Goal: Identify existing technologies applied in other industrial sectors that could be relevant to tackle diversion in the international arms trade.

Activities: Literature review and in-depth interviews, aimed to gather views from a varied set of experts. These have two main aims:

Outcome: Food-for-thought paper which will include a long-list of potentially relevant technologies. These will be subject to an initial assessment by the study team, based on a set of criteria developed during the course of the first phase.

Phase 2

Goal: Substantiate, refine and validate the initial assessment of the identified technologies and to identify the preconditions regarding the practical feasibility for the implementation of these technologies in the international arms trade.

Activities: A set of international workshops with relevant state authorities, industry representatives and other stakeholders.

Outcome: Final report describing
(1) the general conceptual and methodological framework used to identify and assess relevant technologies to tackle and prevent diversion and unauthorized end-use of specific conventional military goods and
(2) the specific conclusions on the feasibility of specific technologies to tackle the selected methods of diversion for SALW and CWC, including recommendations emerging from the findings.

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