Defense Trade Analyst II




The Defense Trade Analyst Level II position supports the Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Controls (DDTC). The DDTC works to ensure commercial exports of defense articles and defense services align with U.S. requirements and advance U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives. The Defense Trade Analyst Level II will work under general supervision using their knowledge of foreign policy, industrial and technological advances and existing U.S. Arms Export Control Act (ACEA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to support the review of munitions export requests and approve, return without action, or deny license applications.



  • Review, analyze, and evaluate cases in several commodity categories assigned to him/her (e.g., military electronics, arms and ammunition, aircraft, tanks, naval vessels, radar, and missiles) to identify all pertinent legal, policy, regulatory, and procedural considerations. Collect and analyze data and information provided by U.S. industry and available precedent cases.
  • Determine the necessity for, and refers for coordination, significant cases (e.g., those without clear precedent or involving sensitive countries) to concerned agencies, such as the Department of Defense, NASA and, as appropriate, to bureaus in the Department, for their review.
  • Based on knowledge of commodity category, foreign policy, industrial and technological advances, make final decisions to approve, return without action, or deny license applications
  • Coordinate outside recommendations and provides recommendations on decisions to approve or deny license applications and retransfer request.
  • Determine, based on legislation or U.S. policy, whether a particular request requires Congressional notification, and prepares the required notification, including coordination with appropriate offices /agencies.
  • Conduct discussions with U.S. industry on individual cases prior to submission, as well as during the review process.
  • Provide guidance to industry on export policy and administrative practices, and interprets the ITAR and pertinent laws and legislation.
  • Assist in making determinations regarding whether items are on the U.S. Munitions List.
  • Recommend to the Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy certain cases for verification to determine the validity of the transaction
  • Recommend to the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance cases which require potential investigation for violation activity
  • Respond to inquiries from applicants on individual cases
  • Provide to applicants and other U.S. Government agencies guidance on export policy and administrative practices.
  • Draft and coordinate memoranda, congressional letters, standard operating procedures, escalation justifications, and other communications on matters relating to his/her responsibilities, including decision memoranda for the signature of the Secretary of State.
  • Acquire, through review of current world events, technical journals, etc., knowledge in foreign policy, industrial and technological advances as related to his/her assigned responsibilities and other commodities outside of his/her assigned responsibilities.
  • Represents, under the supervision of an employee of higher grade, the Office, Directorate, Bureau, and Department at interagency export control and non-proliferation groups and training/outreach activities, including closed and public events.
  • Represents, under the supervision of an employee of higher grade, the Office, Directorate, Bureau, or Department, depending on context, in meetings within the Department and interagency and with foreign governments and industry, providing expert advice, explaining laws and regulations, and explaining or defending official policies and positions.
  • Works closely with the Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy and U .S. Customs officer assigned to DTC on the program by providing guidance necessary to determine the seizure or release of shipments detained by Customs, or to determine jurisdictional control and compliance with U.S. regulations.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or combination of education and experience with AECA and ITAR regulatory experience.
  • Experience in a role directly related to AECA and ITAR compliance.
  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and national security
  • Knowledge of legislation affecting arms transfers.
  • Knowledge of DDTC registration, compliance, and licensing processes.
  • Strong interpersonal and partnering skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills. The government may require writing samples.
  • Strong computer skills to include use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, interpret and apply regulatory material in the process of evaluating license applications and taking final action on specific requests.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-paced environment, meet deadlines; manage time, distribute responsibilities, and achieve milestones and deliverables.
  • May be required to travel to Domestic and International locations

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