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State’s Defense Trade Advisory Group Seeks Membership Applications

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group is seeking membership applications postmarked by Dec. 15 from subject matter experts from the U.S. defense industry, relevant trade and labor associations, and academic and foundation personnel. The purpose of the DTAG is to provide the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs with a formal channel for regular consultation and coordination with U.S. private sector defense exporters and defense trade specialists on issues involving U.S. laws, policies and regulations for munitions exports. The DTAG advises the Bureau on its support for and regulation of defense trade to help ensure that impediments to legitimate exports are reduced while the foreign policy and national security interests of the U.S. continue to be protected and advanced in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act. Major topics addressed by the DTAG include (i) policy issues on commercial defense trade and technology transfer; (ii) regulatory and licensing procedures applicable to defense articles, services and technical data; (iii) technical issues involving the U.S. Munitions List; and (iv) questions relating to actions designed to carry out the AECA and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

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