Category: ITAR

Over the past month, we’ve been inundated with calls and emails from people trying to export defense items to Ukraine.  Mostly firearms, ammunition and body armor.  The majority of these questions seem to come from former U.S. military personnel who are travelling to that area of the world to lend their expertise and help.  It…

If you made a list of corporations that you’d never want to battle in court, which one would be at the top of that list?  Perhaps one with $200 billion in cash?  Maybe one with a market cap of $2.8 trillion and the second-most valuable brand in the world? Last month, a small Israeli company…

On November 21, 2021, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) published seventeen (17) new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning a variety of compliance topics, more specifically on debarment, export controls and voluntary disclosures. The full list of FAQs may be found on the DDTC website. While the FAQs are an effort to clarify previously…

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a stark warning to companies and individuals worldwide.  Export and sanctions enforcement efforts are on the rise.  Especially for anyone who engages with China, Russia, North Korea or Iran. During a keynote address on October 5 in New York, associate deputy attorney general John…

James Bond makes it look so easy.  Zooming around in sports cars with an array of techno-gadgets at his fingertips, he outwits his adversaries and saves the world.  He does all of this while wearing tailor-made suits and sipping martinis.  After defeating every foe, he jets off to a villa in the French Riviera, where…

Russia Added To Section 126.1 On March 18, the U.S. Department of State amended the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to include Russia in Section 126.1.  This coincides with other actions by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). All…

Unlicensed Exports Apply To All Foreign National Students It’s been several years since the imprisonment of John Reece Roth, a former University of Tennessee electrical engineering professor who was convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud and fifteen (15) violations of exporting ITAR controlled defense articles.  Professor Roth was involved in a U.S. Air Force contract for…

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a former Raytheon engineer was sentenced to 38 months in prison for violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).  According to the press release, Wei Sun, 49, pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the AECA.  He was sentenced by District Court Judge Rosemary…

Why Export Compliance Matters U.S.businesses that sell goods and services in a global market are required to comply with export control regulations that are published by several U.S. departments including the Department of Commerce, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of State. Export compliance does not only apply to big companies. Any U.S. business…

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) announced on July 29, 2020 the following changes to the measures announced on April 23, 2020 to lessen the burden that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on U.S. companies and the overseas supply chains. These changes were based on recommendations from industry and DDTC review of the public…