How to Determine if a Commodity is Not “Specially Designed”

Navigating the intricate web of regulations surrounding international trade in defense-related articles and services can be daunting, especially when it comes to compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Among the various provisions outlined in ITAR, the concept of items not being “specially designed” holds significant weight. Determining whether a commodity falls within… Read More

Navigating Compliance: The Proposed Charging Letter and Consent Agreement for Boeing

In the intricate web of international trade regulations, aerospace giant Boeing found itself navigating the complexities of compliance last week. The U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a proposed charging letter to Boeing, alleging violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This proposed charging letter ultimately led to… Read More

Navigating ITAR License Requirements for Demonstrations

Introduction: In the fast-evolving landscape of technology, showcasing cutting-edge innovations is crucial for businesses to stay ahead. However, when it comes to demonstrating certain technologies with potential military applications, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) comes into play. ITAR is a set of U.S. government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related… Read More

Can AI “Specially Design” itself?

At our Defense Trade Solutions (DTS) all-hands event last week, the question regarding jurisdiction and classification of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems was brought up.  Specifically, the puzzling question of “Can self-improving AI specially design itself under the ITAR?” Whether AI can “specially design” itself is a complex and evolving issue.  The landscape of AI and… Read More

Navigating the Legislative Waters: Demystifying the Congressional Notification Process for FMS and DCS in the Arms Export Control Act

Introduction In the realm of international diplomacy and defense, the United States employs a meticulous process to regulate the export of arms and military equipment. At the heart of this mechanism lies the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), a crucial legislative framework that empowers the government to oversee Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial… Read More

Navigating the ITAR Maze: A Guide to Expedite Your License with the U.S. Government

Navigating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) can be a complex and time-consuming process, often leaving businesses eager to expedite the approval of their licenses. In this blog post, we’ll explore some strategic approaches to engage with the U.S. Government and streamline the ITAR license approval process. Before diving into expediting your ITAR license,… Read More

Best Practices for Managing Manufacturing License Agreements (MLAs) in the ITAR

Managing Manufacturing License Agreements (MLAs) under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a complex task that demands meticulous attention to detail and a thorough understanding of the regulatory framework. MLAs are essential for U.S. companies involved in the defense and aerospace industries, as they enable the authorized production of controlled defense articles by… Read More