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

Expediting Defense Export Approvals, with a Customer-Focused Approach

Shock, grief, fear, and anger: The 9/11 attacks inflicted a devastating emotional toll on everyone around the globe. The U.S. Government responded with swiftness and ingenuity, deploying measures to undertake numerous military operations intended to eliminate threats and enhance regional stability. There was also large-scale enlistment in the military for overseas support of the counterinsurgency… Read More

Navigating Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures (MA&D) in the Aerospace & Defense Industry

Part 1: Before the Paperwork Introduction It’s no secret that the Aerospace and Defense Industry is rife with mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures (MA&D) between large primes, smaller contractors, and start-ups. As a business strategy, these dynamic restructurings within aerospace and defense sparks greater technological innovation and better control of supply chains. Similarly, strategic shifts through… Read More