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  1. Drones and Directed Energy at Center of Procurement Network

    From 2017 to 2018, an Iranian procurement network attempted to export sensitive counter-drone technology from the United States to Iran. Iranian national Jalal Rohollahnejad directed the scheme from Iran while working for Rayan Roshd Afzar (Rayan Roshd), ...

  2. Leveling the Field: Iran’s Asymmetric Use of Conventional Military Capabilities

    Iran views its external security as reliant on its ability to exert influence in the Middle East. Owing to Tehran’s relative diplomatic and economic isolation, military power is the main tool available to Iran’s leaders for attaining this objective. To be ...

  3. U.S. Navy Seizes Suspected Shipment of Iranian Weapons to Yemen

    May 27, 2021 International Enforcement Actions Missile Military On May 8, the U.S. Navy released a statement describing the seizure of “an illicit shipment of weapons” in the northern Arabian Sea that had taken place over the previous two days. On May 6, ...

  4. Secondary Sanctions on the Iranian Financial Sector Create De Facto Embargo with Lasting Implications for the Biden Administration

    On October 8, 2020, the United States designated Iran’s financial sector and sanctioned eighteen Iranian banks. In doing so, the U.S. Treasury Department applied secondary sanctions to Iran's entire financial sector for the first time, potentially ba ...

  5. U.S. Seeks Forfeiture of Iranian Weapons Seized en Route to Yemen

    For years, Iran has violated the United Nations’ arms embargo on Yemen by smuggling weapons to the Houthis, an Iranian-aligned movement of Yemeni rebels. In November 2019 and February 2020, the U.S. Navy intercepted two of those shipments. ...

  6. Iranian Military Employs Indonesian Front Companies

    U.S. authorities allege that Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Company, a firm affiliated with Iran's military, sought U.S.-made products to advance its “military and civilian capabilities” and looked to a series of middlemen in Iran and Indonesi ...

  7. Preserving an Arms Embargo on Iran

    September 30, 2020 Policy Briefs Military Last week, the United States announced a range of new sanctions on Iran’s military-industrial complex, including severe financial penalties against anyone helping Iran import or export conventional weapons. The mo ...

  8. Time is Running Out to Reign in Iran's Arms Transfers and Missile Development

    September 25, 2019 Articles and Reports Missile Military The attacks earlier this month on critical oil facilities in Saudi Arabia have sharpened the focus on the ways in which Iran is using its missile capabilities to destabilize the Middle East, includi ...

  9. How Freight Forwarders and Front Companies Help Iran Obtain American Technology

    Two recent cases pursued by the U.S. Department of Justice demonstrate how Iranian companies employ an effective combination of American brokers, Middle Eastern front companies and freight forwarders, and bank accounts worldwide to obtain goods from the Un ...

  10. Australian National Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison Over Illicit Shipments of U.S.-origin Aircraft Parts to Iran

    April 15, 2019 International Enforcement Actions Military On March 21, 2019, 57-year-old Australian national David Russell Levick was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to procuring and attempting to procure U.S.-origin aircraft parts ...

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