Assessing & Managing Risk
ATTR SSG Senior Decision Reviews
A Priority Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) Review (PTR) is an offer for cooperation, sale or other transfer that is deemed by a DoD component or Arms Transfer Technology Release Senior Steering Group (ATTR SSG) member to have real, or high potential, for senior leader (e.g., Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary or 4-Star) direction, interest, and/or involvement as a result of an emergent opportunity to build the capacity of an ally and/or partner nation. In many cases, the authority to review and approve PTR decisions has been delegated to or through Principal Staff Assistants (PSAs), which include the Undersecretaries of Defense, the Assistant Secretaries of Defense, and the OSD Directors or equivalents who report directly to the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense. PTRs may be sought by any DoD Component including, but not limited to, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) staff, Military Departments, Defense Agencies, Joint Staff, and Combatant Commands (via the Joint Staff). The ATTR SSG’s Executive Secretariat, the Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure Office (TSFDO) is responsible for both ensuring PTRs are ushered through the various review processes, according to relevant DoD TSFD authorities, and keeping the ATTR SSG members apprised of adjudication and ultimate disposition of PTRs.
The Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) processes through which PTRs are reviewed, are the Low-Observable/Counter-Low-Observable (LO/CLO), National Disclosure Policy (NDP), Military Intelligence Disclosure Policy (MIDP), Night Vision Device (NVD), Anti-Tamper (AT), COMSEC, SAP, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Intelligence, Data Links/Waveforms, Positioning Navigation & Timing/Global Positioning System (PNT/GPS), Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), and Electronic Warfare (EW).