DTSA Mission

A soldier keeps watch over a peaceful planet

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:

  • Critical U.S. military technological advantages are preserved
  • Transfers that could prove detrimental to U.S. security interests are controlled and limited
  • Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery is prevented
  • Diversion of defense-related goods to terrorists is prevented
  • Military interoperability with foreign Allies and friends is supported
  • Health of the U.S. defense industrial base is assured


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.


Former Secretary of Defense Capsar Weinberger

DTSA was established in the mid-1980s as a field activity within the Office of 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's Role within Export Control

DTSA administers DoD decision for export licenses

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.

Decision Trade Space

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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.

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