Please join the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Miller and Chief Information Officer Karen Wrege to hear more about its new Defense Export Control and Compliance System (DECCS) and DDTC. The session will cover a demonstration of DECCS enrollment and licensing, as well as DDTC updates tailored to the interests of non-U.S. entities. There will be a Q&A following the presentation.


The DDTC at the US Department of State has introduced its new DECCS, which is an online system that enables industry users to conduct their International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulated business with the Department. This is part of a major IT modernisation initiative to replace legacy systems with more modern “Cloud”-based technologies. Specifically DDTC’s Licensing application is now housed in DECCS and Empowered Officials are required to have a digital certificate in order to sign and submit license applications through this single on-line portal. Amongst a wide range of other issues, and of particular relevance for non-US entities, DECCS is now the way that non-US parties can seek permission for proposed re-exports and re-transfers which are required under the ITAR. 

Feedback has been extremely positive about the DECCS, and it is widely agreed that, after users have managed to get over a few initial teething problems, it is an excellent system. To assist US companies during the initial implementation period to obtain the necessary degree of familiarisation to enable them to make best use of DECCS, the DDTC has been delivering some very well-received outreach events in the US, and it now wants to work with EGADD to start the process of replicating these sessions for a European audience. If deemed successful, further such events should be rolled out during 2021.