DTSA Technology Directorate

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The Technology Directorate (TD) is DTSA's principal source of technical insight, advice and analysis on international transfers of defense-related items and other matters of national security interest. The TD technical staff consists of senior engineers and scientists who are recognized experts on the most sensitive military technologies that contribute to the U.S. military advantage. TD scientists and engineers apply their knowledge and expertise on a daily basis in order to shape and influence DoD technology security policy.

TD supports the DTSA mission by:

  • Identifying technologies that are critical to U.S. military advantage and national security;
  • Reviewing international transfers of military technology, defense articles and dual-use items in a manner consistent with DoD's technology security objectives;
  • Recommending viable solutions to complex technical issues impacting the national security of the United States; and
  • Documenting clear and accurate positions on international transfers that protect the U.S. warfighting edge and mitigate technology security risks

In order to effectively accomplish the DTSA mission in a timely manner, TD scientists and engineers exhibit the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge of domestic and foreign defense-related technology and capability
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge within the U.S. Government's policy and regulatory framework and multilateral fora to accomplish the mission
  • Skill at communicating complex technical subjects to a broad audience
  • Ability to integrate input from DoD and other USG stakeholders to develop viable technical solutions for managing technology transfer risks