Demystifying ITAR Part 120.32: Understanding Defense Services and Ensuring Compliance

In the ever-evolving landscape of global security and defense, regulations play a pivotal role in safeguarding sensitive technologies and information. The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) stands as a cornerstone in this realm, aiming to control the export and import of defense-related articles and services. Central to ITAR is Part 120.32, which delineates what… Read More

Safeguarding Secrets: A Guide to Conducting a Critical Program Information (CPI) Assessment

Protecting sensitive information is paramount, especially when it comes to critical programs vital for national security and defense. Critical Program Information (CPI) refers to data that, if compromised, could potentially undermine the effectiveness or security of military systems, technologies, or operations. Conducting a thorough CPI assessment is essential for identifying vulnerabilities and implementing robust safeguards… Read More

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