Frequently Asked Questions

Who produces the Risk Report?

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control produces the Risk Report. Wisconsin Project founder Gary Milhollin conceptualized and created the Risk Report. He served as its Executive Editor until retiring as the Project’s Executive Director in 2011. Since then, Valerie Lincy has served as Risk Report Executive Editor.

Senior Research Associate Matthew Godsey is Editor of the Risk Report. Mr. Godsey selects and vets all database content, oversees the analysts conducting research for the Risk Report, and is responsible for research on China’s missile and military programs. Research Associate Jonathan McLaughlin conducts research on the entities involved in strategic programs in India, Pakistan, and North Korea, as well as in Russia’s military and missile sectors. He also monitors changes to U.S. and international export control regulations and updates this content in the Risk Report.

Senior Associate Meghan Peri Crimmins manages the Risk Report subscriber base, engages potential users, and oversees outreach and publicity for the database. Research Assistant Treston  Chandler supports this work.

In addition, the Risk Report has benefited from the contribution of past Editors, including Arthur Shulman, Jordan Ritchie, and Gerard White.

Who uses the Risk Report?

In some 40 countries, government officials in licensing, customs, law enforcement, policy-making, and intelligence roles rely upon the Risk Report on a daily basis to help make decisions of strategic importance. Some of these countries receive access to the database through support from the U.S. State Department. The Wisconsin Project has worked with the State Department for over a decade to conduct training and provide Risk Report access to countries, in order to build their strategic trade control capacity.

Companies were the original audience for the Risk Report and continue to rely on the database to screen their supply chain, customers, and clients. Companies have come to realize the potential damage that can come from unwittingly doing business with a restricted party or an entity linked to a dangerous weapon program. The “bare minimum” version of due diligence is not enough to protect companies from such transactions, particularly when weighing costs of a bad decision: hefty fines and reputational damage.

Learn more about Risk Report users on the Our Users page.

How is the Risk Report made available?

The Risk Report is available to subscribers online, where content is updated on a monthly basis.   Monthly or bimonthly data exports containing a selection of identifier information fields from entity records are also available.

How much does a subscription to the Risk Report cost?

Subscriptions to the Risk Report vary in price based on the type of access and the number of logins required by each subscriber.  For detailed pricing information, please navigate to our Subscriptions page.

What information is available in the Risk Report?

The Risk Report contains a wide range of information related to proliferation and strategic trade controls, including profiles of some 5,000 risky entities located around the world, dual-use commodity descriptions, official restricted party lists, U.S. export administration regulations, and multilateral export control regimes.  The database also contains expert analysis on programs of proliferation concern in countries such as Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan.  See the Database Content page for more information about what is available in the Risk Report.