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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).

DTSA Leadership Blog

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DTSA closed 2018 out with another extraordinarily productive year. I could not be more grateful and impressed by our team’s ability to meet increased demands while sustaining high quality work despite encumbering reduced resources and timelines. We were faced with legislative challenges, resource shortfalls, and leadership changes.

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."