Background

The State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group is accepting applications for new members. Applications must be postmarked by March 2.

The DTAG advises State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on its support for and regulation of defense trade to help ensure that impediments to legitimate exports are reduced while U.S. foreign policy and national security interests continue to be protected and advanced in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act. Major topics addressed by the DTAG include policy issues on commercial defense trade and technology transfer; regulatory and licensing procedures applicable to defense articles, services, and technical data; technical issues involving the U.S. Munitions List; and questions relating to actions designed to carry out the AECA and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Members are appointed on the basis of individual substantive and technical expertise and qualifications and must be representatives of the U.S. defense industry, relevant trade and labor associations, academic institutions, or foundations. DTAG members must also be versed in the complexity of commercial defense trade and industrial competitiveness and be able to advise the Bureau on these matters.

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