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08.09.2017 Publication

ITAR For Government Contractors - Revised For Recent Amendments

One of the most important areas of regulation for defense contractors is the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR).  ITAR are the State Department controls that regulate the defense industry.[1]  Companies regulated under ITAR are subject to a number of requirements including registration, licensing, restrictions on transferring controlled technical data and performing defense services, among others.  Following recent amendments, a second set of regulations - the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)[2] - impose related requirements for government contracts firms and must be considered alongside ITAR.  Contrary to popular belief, these apply beyond export transactions to many domestic activities of U.S. defense firms - they can apply even if the company’s only customer is the U.S. Government.  Due to the potential civil and criminal liability involved, it is imperative for defense firms to have a clear understanding of these laws.  The following provides an overview of these requirements and strategies for complying with them.

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This article contains general, condensed summaries of actual legal matters, statutes and opinions for information purposes. It is not meant to be and should not be construed as legal advice. Readers with particular needs on specific issues should retain the services of competent counsel. Retired partner Tom McVey was the original author of these materials. Please contact Chris Skinner for more information at 202.293.8129 or

[1] The ITAR can be found at 22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M, Parts 120-130. 

[2] The EAR can be found at 15 CFR Chapter VII, Subchapter C.