|Defense expenditures and budget reallocation|
|Civilian applications for military R&D|
|Industrial conversion and restructuring|
|Demobilization and reintegration|
|Base closure and redevelopment|
|Dismantling and disposal of surplus weapons.|
BICC is an international think tank, which conducts research, makes policy suggestions and facilitates and mediates the conversion process at all levels--local, national and global. The Center provides consulting services to a range of public and private organizations. In order to function as an international clearing- house, BICC actively collects data and information on all conversion issue areas, and produces a variety of publications analyzing the international conversion process, such as its annual conversion survey, its series of reports, briefs, and papers, as well as its Internet service ConverNet at http://bicc.uni-bonn.de
BICC was established in 1994 with generous support from the German State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The Center's shareholders include the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg as well as the Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (WestLB), Düsseldorf/Münster, and the Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft NRW. BICC cooperates with multilateral institutions (such as the European Commission, the United Nations, and NATO), German organizations and foundations (such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, the German Federal Government, the Fritz- Thyssen Stiftung, the Volkswagen-Stiftung) and international organizations and key foundations (including the Arias Foundation, the Center for Conflict Resolution Cape Town, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Overseas Development Council, Rutgers University, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute).