OFFICE of the SECRETARY of DEFENSE
Ensuring the Edge
Defense Technology Security Administration
(DTSA) administers the development and
implementation of DoD technology security
policies on international transfers of
defense-related goods, services and
technologies. It ensures:
DTSA is a diverse culture of exemplary professionalism.
DTSA's workforce collaborates at the ever-changing intersection
of international security, global trade, and emerging
technologies to provide international Allies and partners,
intra-departmental and interagency stakeholders, and industry
with entrepreneurial responses to multi-dimensional challenges.
DTSA was established in the mid-1980s as a field activity within
the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. DTSA was
initially created to review and oppose technology transfers
sought by the Soviet Union in its effort to improve its military
capability. DoD officials considered such transfers, especially
of dual use technologies, a potential threat against the U.S.
and a major challenge to U.S. national security. With the fall
of the Soviet Union, DTSA's role evolved. While retaining its
mission to protect the U.S. military's technological edge in the
most critical and sensitive areas, DTSA has increasingly been
involved in reviewing critical technologies that could be
transferred to friends and Allies.
DTSA serves as a reviewing agency for the export licensing of dual-use
commodities and munitions items and provides technical and policy
assessments on export license applications.
DTSA's mission sees the organization identifying and mitigating national
security risks associated with the international transfer of critical
information and advanced technology in order to maintain the U.S. war-fighter's
technological edge and support U.S. national security objectives.