Category: DDTC

Is There Such a Thing as “Attempted” Arms Brokering?

Is there such a thing as “attempted” arms brokering under the Arms Export Control Act or do the mere acts of soliciting, negotiating, and other discussions regarding the export of defense articles on behalf of a third party constitute a completed offense of arms brokering? Does the Arms […]

The Anarchist Cookbook is Alive and Well

A recent New York Times article reported that William Powell, the author of The Anarchist Cookbook, died last year at the age of 66. [FN 1] The article noted: “William Powell was a teenager, angry at the government and the Vietnam War, when he walked into the main branch […]

Attorneys as Arms Brokers; the DDTC Finder Rule

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently dismissed a case filed against the State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) by the author’s law firm, finding that DDTC only intends to apply Arms Broker regulations, codified at Part 129 of the […]

Recommendations for the Next Reform

The complexity of U.S. export control regulations is at an all-time high. If you had the ability to decide the next administration’s export control reform agenda, what would it be? PAST REFORMS U.S. export controls are principally administered by the State Department under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations […]

Court of Appeals Judges Question Justice Department on ITAR Prior Restraint Against Speech at Libraries, the Internet, and other Public Forums

Originally filed in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin under Case No. 1:15-cv-00372, the case of Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation against the U.S. Department of State and other government defendants seeks to prevent application of the International Traffic […]

Second Proposed Category XII Rule is Better but Far From Good

There was significant industry opposition to the Administration’s first proposed revisions to U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category XII (Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical and Guidance and Control Equipment) of the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and corresponding Commerce Control List (CCL) entries on the Commerce Department’s […]