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ITAR Workshop in Brussels

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ITAR Impact on R&D collaboration

Since the enactment of ITAR in 1976, the US Government has regulated the export of defence-related materials and services registered under the United States Munitions List (USML). The onerous nature of ITAR regulations has severely undermined EU-US cooperation across a number of sectors. Key defence partnerships have been encumbered by bureaucratic obstacles imposed under the conventions, hampering shared technological projects and the interoperability of hardware. Accordingly, cooperative ventures have strained relations between the US and its European partners, most notably in the transfer of technical data required for the upkeep and modification of hardware.
Following a year-long review of the present export control system, the Obama administration adopted measures (September 2010) to clarify and harmonise the regulatory structure. In particular, the creation of a ‘tier system’ designed to differentiate between three categories of technological sensitivity should ameliorate the transfer of hardware and services between allied partners. The creation of a single licensing body to replace competing and overly-bureaucratic agencies will likewise streamline the application process for defence procurement. It is expected that The Export Enforcement Coordination Centre, as it will be known, will release up to two thirds of existing ITAR prohibited technology into the global market place.
ITAR Workshop in Brussels
On 24 June 2011, ISC in cooperation with Squire Sanders is organizing a workshop on the implications of International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) on EU Security, Defence, Aerospace and related R&D cooperation. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and understand the impact of ITAR on international collaborative research and technological development in security, defence and related areas.
The workshop will address the following:

    * ITAR compliance challenges for security, defence and aerospace  R&D cooperation
    * Working within the current ITAR framework
    * Impact of ITAR contamination on security, defence and aerospace R&D cooperation
    * Export Control Reform in the United States





Friday, June 24

10:00 - 10:30

Welcome, introduction and scene setting

•    George Grammas, Squire Sanders Hammonds
•    Declan Kirrane, ISC

Premises: Rue du Trone 62, Brussels

10:30 - 11:15

Export controls challenges for aerospace, security and defence R&D and the implications for EU-US cooperation

•    John Stevenson, NATO/EU (UK)  Cassidian - an EADS company, Brussels Office
•    Tim Shephard, International Business Development ATK - Alliant Techsystems, Inc.

09:45 - 10:30

Impact of ITAR contamination in aerospace, security and defence R&D collaboration
Speakers: To be announced

11:15 - 12:00

Working within the current ITAR framework

•    Ulrich Karock,  Technology Manager European Defence Agency
•    Reinhard Schulte-Braucks, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Head of Unit Space Research and Development

12:00 - 12:30

Impact of ITAR contamination in aerospace, security and defense R&D collaboration and export control reform in the United States

•    George Grammas,  Squire, Sanders Hammonds