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

Member ONLY - Free WebEx DDTC Presentation - 26 Jan 2023

SIA welcomes Brian Rissing and Travis Bryant, Compliance Specialists in the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, and Patrick Reimnitz, Defense Controls Analyst in the Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing on Thursday, January 26, 1300 - 1400 EST.  Mr. Rissing will discuss the recently updated DDTC Compliance Guidelines, and Mr. Bryant will focus on registration. Mr. Reimnitz will provide an overview of the recently updated U.S. Person Abroad (USPAB) guidance templates. All speakers will be taking questions.


Scholarship Opportunities

The SIA Scholarship is open to rising junior or senior undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a full or part-time program at an accredited U.S. college or university, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Scholarships may be awarded in any amount up to $5,000 per recipient and will be paid directly to the college or university. Click here to learn about the Scholarship Opportunity and to Submit an Application

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SIA 2022 VOTY/SOTY Award Recipients

SIA relies heavily on the participation of volunteers to support industry-led educational and training events. We are honored to announce the recipients of the 2022 VOTY/SOTY Awards. Volunteer of the Year: Joanna Hoffman, Raytheon who supported the SIA Spring Advanced Conference as the Speaker Liaison and Speaker of the Year: Bruce O'Cain, DTSA who supported both the winter and summer SIA Basics Conference.

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

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.

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.


Meet a New SIA Board Member | Sam Johnson - P&E Committee * Airbus

Career Highlights

Claim to Fame:

  • Obtaining a DSP-73 license so The Rock could drive an armored vehicle in the Canary Islands for a Hollywood film 
  • Called “Rainman” by a tri-services committee member for reciting a DSP-5 number from memory during a classified brief

Where you will find me: working with engineers on jurisdiction and classification

Fun Facts!

  • Proud owner and rider of a Harley Davidson 
  • Once cross-stitched the ITAR FMS exemption (126.6) as a gift 
  • Keeps a piece of Aerogel on her desk for show and tell

New Year, New Membership Options

We still have the basic SIA membership at $25 but the Enhanced Membership option gives YOU access to SIA's Digital Handbooks. You can annotate your own handbooks! Renew today and take advantage of the new Enhanced Membership option. 

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.  


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


SIA has updated its virtual Back to Basics Conference - an important first step to learning about how to export articles on the United States Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List (CCL) and the associated defense services and technology.

This conference has been reorganized to provide an improved learning experience for online learning.  The SIA Back to Basics 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 restructured panels that cover 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 hear firsthand from U.S. Government speakers about procedures and policies governing the export license process while becoming familiar with the various types of licenses, agreements, exemptions and exceptions and the requirements and conditions associated with each.

AGENDA (Detailed schedule and conference details will be posted as they become available.)

Day One | Monday, February 27, 2023 (1:00 - 5:00 pm EST)

  • Overview of Export Control Regimes & Regulations Panel
  • Submission Tools
  • DDTC Registration

Day Two | Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (1:00 - 5:00 pm EST)

  • Commodity Jurisdiction and Classification Panel

Day Three | Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (1:00 - 5:00 pm EST)

  • ITAR Exemptions/EAR Exceptions Panel
  • ITAR/EAR Licensing Panel

Day Four | Thursday, March 2, 2023 (1:00 - 5:00 pm EST)

  • ITAR Agreements–Overview, Preparation and Best Practices
  • DTSA Review Panel

Day Five | Friday, March 3, 2023 (1:00 - 5:00 pm EST)

  • Got your license… now what?
  • Trade Compliance Program/Disclosures and Enforcement

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