ITAR issues subject of panel discussion at Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum

Jan. 30, 2008
SAN DIEGO 31 Jan. 2008. A panel discussion on International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and other export issues takes place the second day – March 12 – of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum at the San Diego Convention Center.

SAN DIEGO 31 Jan. 2008. A panel discussion on International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and other export issues takes place the second day – March 12 – of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum at the San Diego Convention Center.

The panel discussion on ITAR and export issues begins at 10:30 am. The panel moderator is Alan Dietrich, member of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Advisory Council and president of the DRS Intelligence Strategic Business Unit.

Panelists include Kay Georgi, Partner in the Arent Fox LLP law firm, Karen Jones, director, export import operations for Raytheon Missile Systems, and Dean Young, facilities officer for Celestica Aerospace Technologies.

Many companies in the defense market are finding it difficult to grow their overseas business due to ITAR and other export rules. Common pitfalls include a lack of training and understanding of the proper handling of ITAR technology, no proper record of employee citizenship status, poor handling of foreign visitors, improper export documentation, and ignoring license provisos. The fines for these missteps can be financially devastating. This panel session will provide an overview of the regulations and discuss best practices and how to comply.

Kay Georgi will also be leading a workshop on March 10, the day before the conference begins on "ITAR and Other Export Issues From a Small Business Perspective."

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3, Space, and Spectrum, Dr. Ronald Jost, will give the keynote address. Dr. Jost, who serves in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, will be discussing "the Global Information Grid (GIG) and Network Architectures," a presentation describing the GIG and the importance of network architectures in addressing major portfolio issues.

The forum theme is under the COTS Umbrella and content will touch on how innovation in COTS electronics affects defense applications today especially for urgent warfighter needs such as counter- IED (improvised explosive device) technology. These programs put immense pressure on suppliers and integrators to get technology deployed as fast as possible, creating new challenges when it comes to integrating COTS technology.

DOD and industry leaders will discuss how to meet these challenges and more throughout the conference program.

Other session topics include: COTS integration and use, COTS lessons learned from Iraq, IPv6, and its affect on military systems, ITAR and other export issues; information assurance, software security standards, power and thermal management, and software defined radio technology within the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program .

The Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum is brought to you by Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine and targets innovation in electronics solutions for defense applications. Presentations are geared specifically for program managers, engineering managers, and engineers at first- second- and third-tier defense contractors who need to understand the programs, opportunities, and latest innovations in defense electronics.

The event, formerly called the Military Technologies Conference, was renamed to better align it with the magazine and to provide readers a live forum to discuss the technological issues and applications covered in the publication. The forum moved to San Diego because Southern California is where many of the magazine's readers are located.

The content will reflect the hottest topics from Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine such as network-centric communications, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) procurement issues, software defined radio technology, and power management.

In addition to the conference, there will be an exhibition that is a collaborative environment conducive to productive discussions, exchanging ideas, meeting new business partners, and reconnecting with current customers.

For more information on registering for the event please visit the forum website at To find out more about exhibiting or sponsoring the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum, contact Jeff Gallagher at 603.891.9147 or email [email protected].

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