State Publishes Proposed ITAR Amendments

On November 25, 2009, the Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published a proposed rule to amend Section 126.6 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) pertaining to  U.S. Government transfer programs and foreign-owned military aircraft and naval vessels. Section 126.6 is being amended to clarify the particular circumstances when a license is not required by DDTC. DDTC will accept comments on this proposed rule until January 25, 2010.

On November 25, 2009, the DDTC also published a proposed rule to amend Section 125.9 of the ITAR regarding an exemption for technical data, to clarify that the exemption covers technical data, including classified information, regardless of media or format, sent or taken by a U.S. person who is an employee of a U.S. corporation or a U.S. Government agency to a U.S. person employed by that U.S. corporation or to a U.S. Government agency outside the United States. DDTC will accept comments on this proposed rule until January 25, 2010.