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Companies that supply products and services that are used in the defense sector increasingly are being asked by their customers whether they are “ITAR compliant” and if they can document this. Many mid-sized, second- and third-tier contractors and suppliers do not know how to respond to these requests, which can have important consequences for a company.

By way of background, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations are the State Department rules that apply to the manufacture and transfer of defense products, services, and related technical data. There is a major concern within the U.S. government that, while large prime contractors have strong ITAR compliance programs, many mid-sized and small companies in the defense supply chain do not and that this gap creates significant national security risks.

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Originally published July 7, 2021.