Department Seal Defense Trade Security Initiative:
Improving U.S. Government Export License Automation Systems

Fact Sheet Released by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs,
U.S. Department of State and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, U.S. Department of Defense
Washington, D.C., May 24, 2000
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Issue Description: The enhancement of the communications and data exchange connectivity between DoD and State.

State currently reviews some 45,000 cases, some 12,000 of which are reviewed by the Department of Defense for national security concerns. Currently State provides data packages to DoD, which establishes the basis for their data entry system. Utilizing its classified system (FORDIS), Defense provides State a national security position. Until recently, State has had the ability to print copies of their recommendations. Defense will now extract their unclassified positions from their FORDIS system and transmit them electronically to a State server, which will again permit State to print copies of their positions. In any instance, when the recommendation is classified, DoD will transmit these positions via a SIPERNET system.

Six years ago, State provided U.S. industry the capability to transmit export applications (DSP-5, DSP-73 and DSP-61) electronically through secure pin number access and via the INTERNET. Some 50% of the applications received in State are currently received electronically. State currently receives paper supporting documentation for distribution to USG reviewing agencies. Utilizing improved secure communications, exporters will be encouraged to submit case data and technical supporting documentation electronically. This process will be automated particularly for those cases that require interagency review.

State and DoD agree that additional requests for approval can be automated. As an example, the agreement coordination between State and Defense is entirely paper based. Automation of these requests will improve the process and reduce the time necessary to render a determination.

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Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
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