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The Society for International Affairs, Inc. (SIA), is a volunteer, non-profit, educational organization that was jointly formed in 1967 by US Government and Industry.
SIA provides a forum for the exchange of information related to export and import licensing. SIA interests cover the entire spectrum of licensing issues pertaining to the Departments of Commerce, Defense, State and Treasury.
Membership is comprised of over 2,000 professionals consisting of industry, U.S. government, and embassies.
Membership for U.S. government employees is free of charge and will allow you to receive notices about SIA events and industry news.
SIA's mission is to educate the international trade community by providing a forum for the exchange of information on the export and import process.

VIRTUAL 2023 Winter Back to Basics | February 27-march 3, 2023

The SIA Back to Basics Conference is an important first step to exporting articles on the United States Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List (CCL) and the associated defense services and technology. This conference is ideal for newcomers (less than 5 years of experience) to export licensing, as they will be provided with a step-by-step guide to using the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Emphasis will be placed on the license application process and the requirements for submitting licenses to the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) as well as to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for review and approval. Attendees will become familiar with the various types of licenses, agreements, exemptions and exceptions and the requirements and conditions associated with each. U.S. Government (USG) speakers will provide insight into the procedures and policies governing the export licensing process.




Education and Professional Development

    • Conferences By being a member of SIA, you will receive the membership discounted rate to attend SIA’s conferences, workshops and luncheons, where you will learn about the latest regulatory updates in trade controls and compliance, be able to interact with colleagues and others in industry, as well as interface with government participants.
    • Free events: As a member of SIA, you are able to attend various SIA events throughout the year for free, such as virtual teleconferences with U.S. Government participants discussing the latest trade controls, compliance and operational matters.
    • Certification:  Attendance at SIA conferences may enhance your career and learning requirements by qualifying for continuing education credits, depending upon the jurisdiction and jurisdiction-specific requirements.
    • Leadership Opportunities Volunteering for SIA extends leadership opportunities in the Trade Controls and Compliance network, SIA Board, and provides an opportunity to give back to the trade community in a meaningful way. All volunteers with SIA must be a member in good standing.
    • Networking:  Members can engage in discussion with other members on various interests, topics, issues, and trends through SIA membership related events, as well as develop professional and personal relationship with fellow members, industry and government participants.
    • Newsletters:  Members receive a quarterly newsletter that updates them on upcoming conferences, workshops and other SIA events, as well as recent trade compliance related updates.
    • Scholarships:  SIA is committed to growing and educating the trade community. One way it does this is through our annual scholarship that is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career international trade compliance.  As members, mentorship opportunities are welcomed here.


    BECOME AN SIA ENHANCED MEMBER -- In addition to current member benefits, enhanced members will have direct access to all of SIA's most up-to-date web-based digital handbooks. With this new membership level, you can renew your membership for $100 to have access to this enhanced feature.  


    Tom Donovan

    Tom Donovan
    Board President
    Northrop Grumman

    David Allman Board Vice President DLA Piper LLP (US)

    David Allman
    Board Vice President
    DLA Piper LLP (US)

    Candace Goforth

    Candace Goforth
    Board Secretary/Treasurer
    oforth Trade Advisors LLC

    Joshua Richter Planning & Development Leonardo DRS, Inc.

    Joshua Richter
    Planning & Education
    eonardo DRS, Inc.

    Jahna Hartwig

    Jahna Hartwig
    Planning & Education
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Katherine Heubert Planning & Development Reeves & Dola, LLP

    Katherine Heubert
    Planning & Education
    Reeves & Dola, LLP

    Samantha Johnson Planning & Development AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc.

    Samantha Johnson
    Planning & Education
    AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc.

    Julia Mason Planning & Development Peraton

    Julia Mason
    Planning & Education

    Tamara Overton Planning & Development Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Tamara Overton
    Planning & Education
    Lockheed Martin Corporation


    As DoD's focal point on international transfers of export-controlled technology and sharing of classified military information, DTSA establishes guidelines and assists DoD components in complying with applicable U.S. laws and regulations and DoD policies.


    The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) ensures commercial exports of defense articles and defense services advance U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.


    Society for International Affairs
    PO Box 9466, Arlington, VA  22219
    Phone:  703-946-5683 |

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