Who We Are

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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.

Our Mission

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.

Strategic Goals

  • Build a Strengthened and Engaged Workforce
  • Protect the US Warfighter Technology Edge
  • Promote Allies and Partners Technology Security and Shared Perspectives
  • Counter Strategic Competitor’s Technology Acquisitions and Methodologies


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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