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Department of Defense Experts for Technology Security Policy

Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) establishes Department of Defense technology security policies related to international transfers of defense-related goods, services, and technologies.  DTSA reviews and provides expert recommendations on foreign access to U.S. military technology or foreign purchases of American companies. DTSA also 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 is a DoD Field Activity under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP).

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Former DTSA Director

A couple of months ago, a long-time employee of DTSA stopped by for an "out brief" with DTSA Deputy Director Mike Laychak and me. This employee was retiring after 38 years of dedicated Federal Service, with 34 years at DTSA. During our discussion, he handed us a copy of a DoD Directive dated in 1984, "International Transfers of Technology, Articles and Services."

Former DTSA Director

In my years of Federal Service, especially as a member of the Senior Executive Service, I have overseen the development of several strategic plans aimed at providing overarching guidance to organizations, and then align that mission to the responsibilities of individual employees.