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SIA Mission Statement: 
To educate the international trade community by providing a forum for the exchange of information on the export and import process.

Summer Back to Basics 

The 2022 Summer Back to Basics was SIA's first full in-person conference since 2019.  We were so happy to welcome over 150 attendees to the Conference that was held at the Gaylord National Harbor. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who provided their talents, expertise and time to make this event such a success.


Conference Director:  Kate Koeppen, Schaeffler Group USA  
SIA Board Liaison(s):  Josh Richter, Leonardo DRS & Samantha Johnson, AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc.  
Speaker Chair:  Alison Zielinski, GDIT  
AV Chair:   Jeff Goodrich, OCR Services  
Pubs Chair:  Corinne Kaplan, Mynaric USA / CK Trade Compliance Consulting  
Hotel Chair:  Stella Brooks, HII's Mission Technologies division

If you didn't make it to this summer conference, we hope to see you at the Winter Back to Basics - announcements and registration are forthcoming.

The Summer 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.  Conference attendees are provided with a step-by-step guide to using the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Emphasis is 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 are introduced to the various types of licenses, agreements, exemptions and exceptions and the requirements and conditions associated with each. U.S. Government (USG) and the speakers provide insight into the procedures and policies governing the export licensing process.

Ample time for questions are built into the agenda each day. In addition, a special Roundtable Q&A Session with panelists and invited guests is held at the conclusion of Day 2. The Conference integrates hands-on workshops with practical transaction scenarios and corresponding licensing/agreements/exemption/exception exercises. These exercises give attendees the opportunity to apply what they have learned while USG experts and defense industry peers are close at hand to answer questions and provide guidance. Speakers include participants from USG agencies such as DDTC, Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), BIS, and members of the defense industry.  

Are you a current member of SIA? Looking for ways to get involved in supporting YOUR organization?

SIA relies heavily on the participation of volunteers to support industry-led educational and training events. The SIA Board is always accepting applications from Society members who would like to serve in a volunteer role. Volunteering is a rewarding experience that allows you to . . .

Be Connected – Volunteering is a great opportunity to be connected to the organization and learn about all the opportunities it can provide. Connect with other members and grow as a professional.

Show Support – Volunteers are needed to allow for the success of SIA. By being a part of a committee you are supporting the growth of the organization.

Have an Impact – No matter what committee you are a part of, it will have a positive impact on the profession and educating the community.


The SIA Golf event is a fun way to network and learn to play golf without the pressure of a regulation game.

Don’t have clubs? Rent them from the pro shop when you arrive. Or, just find some friends and experience the game from the safety of a cart, drive your friends around the course.

The tournament has a shot gun start, Captain’s choice, and a closest to the pin contest. Bonus, there is a box lunch at the finish and your beverages are provided, gratis while you’re on the course.


SIA Board President Announced: Mr. Tom Donovan

Mr. Tom Donovan was recently elected SIA President.  Tom currently serves as the Director of Global Trade Management at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Falls Church, Virginia. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing, managing, and overseeing a robust global trade compliance and licensing program for the company. He is responsible for the development and implementation of trade compliance policies and procedures, oversees the development and execution of export related training, and ensures implementation of effective assessment and monitoring methods. He is responsible for coordination of policy input on regulatory matters affecting exports; serves as the company Empowered Official responsible for interface with the U.S. government on export matters; and coordinates with company global trade compliance professionals to address export matters abroad. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Tom held the position of Defense Trade Controls Analyst with the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls Licensing. Tom is a retired Army Officer, having served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer for over 20 years in various command and staff positions in both Divisional and Theater-level Air Defense units. Tom previously served on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Affairs as the Vice President; and he is the Chairman for the Department of State’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). Tom is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Criminal Justice, and earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University. He is also a 2015 graduate of the Thunderbird University Global Business Executive Program.

Thank you to outgoing Board President: Mr. Marc Binder

SIA extends its gratitude to Mr. Marc Binder, who served as SIA President for two terms (2018-2022) and has served on the SIA Board for 16 years.  Before his board terms Marc served in many capacities with SIA conferences, publications task forces and handbook rewrites, and was a speaker for conferences.  

As Secretary Treasurer, Marc transitioned the Society to electronic transactions and worked with our accounting firm to establish practices to ensure the organizations financial stability

As President, built on his predecessor’s vision for the organization, Marc led the organization through the devastating loss of beloved Business Manager, Jill Garrison. Jill was the backbone and heart of our organization and her untimely passing left SIA reeling.  Marc then led the organization further to develop process and procedures for the Business Management function to ensure the organization is well positioned moving forward. If that wasn't enough, he also led the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, transitioning the organization from four (4) in-person conferences to successfully implementing and executing virtual conference offerings.

We look forward to Mr. Binder's continued guidance and future support as he continues to provide his key perspective and experience as an SIA Advisor.  

Mr. Binder is co-founder and Senior Partner with ITC Strategies, Inc., an international recognized consulting business.

"I moved to the DC area in 2000 to develop the TRW Corporate Customs Compliance Program and started volunteering with SIA. Who knew then that this would become my passion and allow me the privilege to serve our beloved organization as I have been blessed to do. I have enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer for over 22 years, and my 16 years of serving on the SIA Board of Directors made me the longest tenured member of the SIA Board of Directors. As an advisor now, and only a few months since I stepped down from the Board after being term limited, I can honestly say I miss it!" -Marc Binder, 2022

New SIA Board Announced 

SIA is pleased to announce our 2022-2024 Board of Directors. The SIA Board ensures the continued growth of our members and works to promote SIA's mission to educate the international trade community. Congratulations and welcome to new and re-elected Board Members. We are grateful and excited to have this group of individuals bring their unique talents, expertise and perspectives to the work of the organization.  We thank the SIA board volunteers for their commitment to the Society and the profession.

Learn more about the 2022 SIA Board of Directors

David Allman
Vice President 2022-2024 
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Katherine Heubert
Planning & Education 2022-2024
Reeves & Dola, LLP

Candace Goforth
Secretary/Treasurer 2022-2024 
Goforth Trade Advisors LLC

Samantha Johnson
Planning & Education 2022-2024
AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc.

Joshua Richter
Planning & Education 2022-2024
Leonardo DRS, Inc.

Julia Mason
Planning & Education 2022-2024


Jahna Hartwig
Planning & Education 2022-2024
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Tamara Overton
Planning & Education 2022-2024

Lockheed Martin Corporation

DDTC Announces Consolidation and Restructuring of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 CFR 120-130

On March 23, 2022, DDTC published an announcement in the Federal Register seeking public comment through May 9, 2022 of the proposed restructuring and consolidation of the ITAR.  The restructure of the ITAR will be published in its final form effective September 6, 2022.  Prepare your company for these changes by reviewing your ITAR citations in policy and procedure documents, forms, templates, and training; and anywhere else ITAR clauses are identified.  DDTC also published a change map (table) for ease of reference of old citations to the new ITAR location. 

DDTC recently announced a pilot licensing regime program, Open General License (“OGL”) to support specific initiatives where a general authorization is appropriate to the Governments and specific communities of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

SIA is coordinating with DDTC to arrange for a free members webinar on the new OGLs More information coming soon.

Additional information including FAQ’s can be found on DDTC’s homepage (links below).

ITAR Consolidation & Restructuring Effective Sept 6, 2022

NOVEMBER 14-15, 2022   

Crystal Gateway Marriott | 1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA

The 2022 Fall Advanced Conference will address the DDTC Consolidation and Restructuring of the ITAR.  SIA Speakers and industry experts will provide you with the information you need to implement these changes. 


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