Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 27, 2009

The Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), a panel that provides advice to the U.S. Government on defense trade policy and regulations is now accepting membership applications for the upcoming 2010-2012 term. With the recent White House announcement of a new government-wide initiative to review the export control process, membership on this panel presents an exciting opportunity to participate in better aligning the export control process with today’s national security challenges.

Established in 1992, DTAG advises top State Department officials, including the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (PM), on U.S. Government regulation of defense trade and effectively balancing vital national security interests with the need to reduce unnecessary impediments to help U.S. allies and partners meet their defense needs.

Membership is open to individuals from U.S. industry, trade associations, law firms, policy institutions, and academia. Members are appointed for a two-year term, based on knowledge and expertise on defense trade policy and munitions licensing, as administered by the PM Bureau’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.

The advisory group develops policy recommendations through working groups, such as recent efforts to review the U.S. Munitions List and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The working groups present their recommendations to the full advisory group and the general public at biannual open meetings.

A Federal Register Notice was published on August 12, 2009 requesting applications for the new term. Please visit 74FR40633.pdf for additional information on how to submit a DTAG membership application.

For more information on the Advisory Group, please visit

PRN: 2009/858