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V2 Systems Is Now ITAR Registered. What does this mean for you?

by Erik Briceno

Last year in 2020, V2 Systems became ITAR registered, and we posted an article about what that means for you as a valued V2 partner. Today we’ll cover ITAR a bit more, give you a brief overview over its primary components and explain how your organization can become ITAR compliant. And yes, you definitely need to be compliant. There are stiff penalties if you’re not.

What is ITAR?

As we mentioned before, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations is the United States regulation that controls the manufacture, sale and distribution of defense- and space-related articles and services as defined in the United States Munitions List. What’s important to note is that it doesn’t just cover physical weapons and military hardware, but also plans, diagrams, photos and other documentation used to build ITAR-controlled military gear. This is referred to by ITAR as “technical data.” Access to physical materials or technical data related to defense and military technologies is restricted to U.S. citizens only.

Who does ITAR apply to?

Any company that handles, manufactures, designs, sells or distributes items on the USML must be ITAR compliant. The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) manages the list of companies who can deal in USML goods and services, and it is up to each company to establish policies to comply with ITAR regulations. This includes wholesalers, distributors, computer software and hardware vendors, third-party suppliers and contractors. Essentially, every company in the supply chain needs to be ITAR compliant. If company A sells a part to company B and then company B sells the same part to a foreign power, company A is also in violation of ITAR. This fact alone should demonstrate the importance of V2 Systems being officially registered — and why you need to be compliant as well.

ITAR and Overseas Companies

As stated above, only U.S. citizens can access items on the USML list. This can be problematic for U.S.-based companies with overseas operations, as they are prohibited from sharing ITAR technical data with employees locally hired, unless they gain authorization from the State Department. This rule applies to U.S. companies working with non-U.S. subcontractors, too.

The United States Munitions List

There are 21 categories of “Defense Articles” in the USML. Anything that appears on this list is subject to ITAR regulation.

  1. Firearms, Close Assault Weapons and Combat Shotguns
  2. Guns and Armament
  3. Ammunition/Ordnance
  4. Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs and Mines
  5. Explosives and Energetic Materials, Propellants, Incendiary Agents and Their Constituents
  6. Surface Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment
  7. Ground Vehicles
  8. Aircraft and Related Articles
  9. Military Training Equipment and Training
  10. Personal Protective Equipment
  11. Military Electronics
  12. Fire Control, Laser, Imaging and Guidance Equipment
  13. Materials and Miscellaneous Articles
  14. Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents and Associated Equipment
  15. Spacecraft and Related Articles
  16. Nuclear Weapons Related Articles
  17. Classified Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated
  18. Directed Energy Weapons
  19. Gas Turbine Engines and Associated Equipment
  20. Submersible Vessels and Related Articles
  21. Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated

V2Systems ITARCompliance March2021 Blog2 Pic2 1024x683 - Your organization needs to be ITAR compliant. We can help.As you can see, that list covers a lot. If you’re not careful, you could miss something and then get hit with a nasty million dollar fine or even prison time. This is especially true for items 17 and 21 which include “articles, technical data and defense services not otherwise enumerated.” V2 Systems can take that pressure off of you and make sure you’re fully compliant with ITAR. For more information, contact us today for a free consultation.

 

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
V2 Systems Is Now ITAR Registered. What does this mean for you?
Your organization needs to be ITAR compliant. We can help.