In our last blog we discussed the export regulations for commercial items. Many government contractors also have an obligation to control export of data and goods outside the United States under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). These regulations are designed to protect our military technology and advantage and can be a much more serious issue. The AECA governs exports (both permanent and temporary) of both defense articles (products and data) as well as defense services. The ITAR controls export of technology as defined in the US Munitions List (USML). I’m sure many of you have seen documents that have had ITAR control stamps on them. I think it is interesting to note that ITAR controlled items could be a violation without the item ever leaving the country. This would be a case where a foreign person sees or has access to ITAR controlled information/products in the US. I had an experience one time where I was in a meeting at a large defense contractor and an engineer from Canada was escorted out of the meeting by company security as the discussion turned to ITAR controlled information.