Frequently Asked Questions

Who produces the Risk Report?

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control publishes 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.

Research Associates Treston Chandler and Jonathan McLaughlin are assistant editors of the Risk Report. They vet database content produced by analysts and conduct research for the Risk Report in their respective areas of responsibility. Jonathan focuses on strategic programs in India and Pakistan, Russia’s military and missile sectors, and entities contributing to Syria’s chemical weapon and missile programs. He also monitors changes to U.S. and international export control regulations and updates this content in the Risk Report. Treston focuses on North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction programs, the entities helping North Korea evade international sanctions, and North Korean proliferation networks in Africa and Asia. He also conducts data modeling and visualization work using Risk Report data and manages IT-related tasks for the database.

Deputy Director Meghan Peri Crimmins is responsible for sanctions and export control-related content in the Risk Report. She also oversees outreach and publicity for the Risk Report.

Program Associate Kate Sotos is responsible for managing the Risk Report subscriber base and engaging potential users.

The Risk Report has benefited from the contribution of past Editors, including Matthew Godsey, 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.