Level III - ITAR/EAR Advanced (Top Gun)

ITAR/EAR Challenges

September 10-11, 2024- Annapolis, MD, United States

How to Handle a Visit from the Office of Export Enforcement, Voluntary Disclosures, Comparisons of Exemptions and Exceptions, International Business Travel and More!

This advanced ITAR/EAR compliance seminar draws on the experiences of current and former U.S. Government officials and defense industry experts. Designed to bring attention to the latest compliance topics and familiarize attendees with significant compliance specialist challenges, this seminar uses small group exercises to encourage team building and effective management practices. Topics include, Handling a Visit from the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), Utilizing the MEU List, State/DTCC Company Visits and Elements of a Voluntary Disclosure to both Commerce and State enabling our attendees to become a Top Gun ITAR/EAR expert!

Due to the recent shift of focus by Commerce/BIS's Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), ECS is showcasing 2 prominent speakers from OEE and the Office of Chief Counsel.
Please join us for this special event which should be of great interest to everyone.


Suzanne Palmer, President, Export Compliance Solutions, a former Licensing Officer at the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), with 20 years of direct experience in the U.S. defense industry. After leaving the State Department, Ms. Palmer joined Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems in Baltimore and then went on to work at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Ms. Palmer combined this unique experience to found ECS in 2003. The ECS team provides training to help compliance officials successfully apply U.S. export control regulations and establish viable export compliance programs. Ms. Palmer has worked on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), was appointed to serve as a Special Compliance Officer (SCO) for a company operating under a Consent Agreement and is an active speaker for various professional organizations.

Lisa Bencivenga has over twenty seven years of varied experience in export/import licensing and compliance issues with major defense contractors. She has had the leading role in developing and implementing internal compliance programs, providing regulatory guidance, instituting license databases, training personnel at all corporate levels, conducting audits requested by clients and/or directed by the U.S. Department of State, coordinating investigations and working closely with legal departments while administering the full spectrum of corporate international export/import activities. She has several years of experience in space-related export issues which includes obtaining and implementing complex licensing arrangements related to spacecraft and launch activities as a result of her employment with Orbital Sciences Corporation and The Boeing Company.

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Seminar Sessions 8:30am - 4:00pm.
Breakfast and lunch included. Breakfast 7:30am - 8:30am.


DAY 1: Tuesday, September 10th:
  • Keynote Presentation: Phil Kuhn, Special Agent, Retired, Washington Field Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) “How to Handle an OEE Visit, Country Specific BIS concerns--illicit activity on the part of China, Iran and Russia.”
  • Presentation: John Pisa-Relli, Senior Law Enforcement Coordinator, Enforcement Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). “Don’t Forget OFAC: Seamlessly Integrating Sanctions Compliance into Your ITAR/EAR Compliance Efforts”
  • Presentation: “How AUKUS Will Affect Your Licensing Strategy”
  • Presentation: “Compliance Alert: Why You Need to Partner with Your IT Department” Be aware of release through IT Channels, compliance with exemptions, using an automated compliance system, IT hurdles and the Cloud. Debi Davis, Davis International Trade Consulting Services
  • Presentation: “Why Are We Getting So Many RWA’s?”
  • Presentation: “Models for Compliance Programs”
  • Exercise 1
  • Presentation: “Voluntary Disclosures-The Best Way Forward”

DAY 2 ITAR Compliance: Wednesday, September 11th:
  • Presentation: “Can You Pass the Recordkeeping Sniff Test?” How up-to-date are your records, are you following post licensing requirements?
  • Exercise 2: “Utilizing the Foreign Direct Product Rule”
  • Presentation: “Cutting Edge Compliance: How to be the Effective Compliance Officer”
  • Presentation: “How Are you Handling Imports” Review of both temporary and permanent imports.
  • Presentation: “On the Road Again: Monitoring International Business Travel”
  • Presentation: “Comparing Key EAR Exceptions to the ITAR Exemptions”
  • Exercise 3: “How Not to Have to Apply for a License”


The Chart House-Spa Creek
300 2nd Street, 21403
Annapolis, MD, USA

Event details
Organizer :ECS
Event type :Training Course
Attendance :Physical Event
Reference :ASDE-24905