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Defense Trade Controls Licensing Reorganizing in Wake of Export Control Reforms

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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The State Department has announced that effective April 20 its Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing will be reorganized into four operational divisions: Space, Missile and Sensor Systems; Electronic and Training Systems; Sea, Land and Air Systems; and Light Weapons and Personal Protective Equipment Systems. In addition, the Plans, Personnel, Programs and Procedures division will consolidate many of the functions previously included in Division 7 as well as those that were distributed across other parts of DTCL.

State explains that export control reform has caused a 36 percent drop in licensing volume and created a disparity in the volume of cases among the current divisions. In addition, since 2013 DTCL has experienced some downsizing through attrition. State anticipates that the new organizational structure will be leaner and appropriately balance personnel and commodity volume to reflect the post-ECR environment while enabling DTCL to work toward meeting the directorate’s strategic goals.

The D-Trade system will be configured to automatically route cases to the proper division based on the USML commodities on the application. As a result, no action by industry to adjust applications as a result of this reorganization will be required.

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