Our Mission

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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.

Identify and mitigate national security risks associated with the international transfer of controlled information and advanced technology in order to maintain the U.S. warfighter’s technological edge and support U.S. national security objectives.


Be the U.S. Government’s premier experts on international information sharing and information & technology security, safeguarding the U.S. qualitative military edge while enhancing foreign partners’ capabilities.


DTSA has a PARTNER Culture. Our Workforce is: proactive in identifying the needs of our stakeholders; accountable for strengthening partnerships and attracting new partners; respectful to all cultures background and the dignity of all people; transparent in our decision making and communication; empowered to utilize our expertise to promote the protection of controlled information and technology security; and representative in how we portray ourselves and exemplify DTSA.

Strategic Goals

  • Shape the Regulatory and Policy Environment: Shape the regulatory and policy environment to ensure that technology security, information security and foreign disclosure requirements and risks are considered and addressed.
  • Protect Critical Information and Technology: Assess the risks of transferring advanced technology and critical information to foreign entities, identify means to mitigate or eliminate risks, and provide recommendations for doing so to decision makers.
  • Build U.S. Allies and Partners Capabilities/Capacity: Engage U.S. allies and partners to increase interoperability and build partner capacity to protect critical technology and information.
  • Support the Health of the U.S. Industrial Base: Support the health of the U.S. industrial base through the development of balanced information and technology security policies, procedures, recommendations, and decisions.
  • Impede Strategic Competitors: Leverage expertise to impede NDS-identified strategic competitors’ efforts to erode U.S. technological edge/disrupt alliances, distort international trade.
  • Manage DTSA Resources: Ensure DTSA resources, organizational structures, processes and procedures effectively support DTSA’s mission.


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 assesses defense technologies and develops measures, in partnership with government and industry, to prevent proliferation or diversion of technology and information that could prove detrimental to U.S. national security.

Contact Info

  • Address: 4800 Mark Center Drive Alexandria, VA 22350-1600
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