Other than the acronym for the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations, ITAR has
become a gateway for looking at the needs of countries all over the world to protect
themselves against harm as the global supply chain becomes the future. Although initially
developed by the U.S. State Department to control the export and import of defense-related
articles and services into the U.S., many countries have now adopted and adapted the ITAR to
protect their own interests over the movement of munitions related goods and services. The
concept of the ITAR has expanded into bilateral treaties between nations as the concern for
control over defense articles has become standardized around the world. The current treaties
related to or supporting the ITAR are:
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR),
Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG),
Australia Group and the
Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
ITAR is a way of protective thinking. It is granular as it delves into every aspect of controlling the
movement of dangerous articles that range from, nuclear weapons to military aircraft to
technologies and services that support munitions of any type. The United States Munitions List
(USML) details what is regulated; it is part of the ITAR. The USML is a list of articles, services,
and related technology designated as defense and or space-related by the United States
Government. The ITAR designation is pursuant to sections 38 and 47(7) of the Arms Export
Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778 and 2794(7)).
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The EAR (Export Administration Regulations) is the complementary regulations that control the
export of all commercial goods and services not listed in the ITAR. The strictest EAR controls,
items needing a special license, restrict the specific movement of goods and services of national
security or national interest. The complete list of articles controlled under the EAR is called the
Commerce Controlled List (CCL). Combined the ITAR and EAR provide protection domestically
and internationally for all U.S. originated goods and services.
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