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Advanced ITAR/EAR Compliance Seminar

14 May, 2014 - 15 May, 2014, Annapolis, MD, United States

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ITAR Compliance is No Longer a Choice, It is a Necessity

Take Your Understanding of ITAR Compliance to a New Level by Attending an In-depth Analysis of Recent Developments on the Export Reform Initiative, Agreements, Voluntary Disclosures, Avoiding Missteps in Product Jurisdiction and More

Topics Include:

  • Update-Export Control Reform
  • Utilizing Pre Approved ITAR Exemptions as a Licensing Tool
  • NEW CJ Trends from a Former State/DDTC Division Chief
  • Developing Compliance Programs - How Far Do You Go
  • Blue Lantern Program - State/DDTC Findings about Your End Users
  • How to Protect Information Systems: Global Networks and Questions of Compliance
  • Voluntary Disclosures: An Industry Perspective
  • Risk Assessment: Voluntary Disclosure Case Study
  • Advanced Agreements Workshop
  • Agreement Case Study
  • Avoiding Missteps in Product Jurisdiction
  • Ask the Expert on Commodity Jurisdiction

Key Note Address:

"How to Promote Competitiveness Through Export Reform "

Joel Johnson, Teal Group, Former VP of Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)


  • Key Note: Promoting Competitiveness Through Export Reform
  • An Overview of USML Transitioning Items & What You Need to Do Now to Be Compliant
  • A Defense Industry Approach to Category VIII - The Boeing Company
  • Scenario-Steps to Classifying a Product Under the New 600 Series
  • What You Need to Know About the Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) Exception


  • Compliance in the Age of Export Reform
  • Disclosures: Voluntary & Directed
  • Group Breakout Session: Drafting a Voluntary Disclosure for State/DTCC and Commerce/BIS
  • Jurisdiction & Classification: Tips & Traps


  • Agreements -  New Guidance Under Section 20.0-Export Control Reform
  • Agreement Case Study
  • How to Utilize Export Controls Under Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS)
  • An Examination of the Significant Changes to the Proposed Brokering Guidelines
  • Implementing Internal Control Plans for Deemed Exports
  • Group Breakout Session: State & Commerce Licensing Strategy


"The small group discussions are an extremely effective learning tool. The exercises and small class size are a major plus that keeps us coming back to attend ECS seminars."
Director of Export Compliance, Northrop Grumman

"The venues are always conducive to learning and the quality of instructors as former State Department Licensing Officers is unparalleled."
Program Manager, Military Systems Group


Chart House
300 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403
410 268-7166


Loew’s Hotel
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(800) 526-2593
Ask for the ECS rate of $169.00 per night
For guests who prefer to book online, please visit our website at, select your arrival and departure dates, choose “Group” from the Partner/Group Rates dropdown, and enter your group code, EXP513, in the code field.


Joel Johnson, is Executive Director – International of the Teal Group Corporation. His areas of expertise include aerospace issues involving civil and defense trade, international government and industrial cooperative programs, and export controls. He retired in July of 2005 from the Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc. (AIA), where he served for 16 years as Vice President, International. AIA is the trade association representing 100 of the major manufacturers of commercial, military and business aircraft, engines, missiles, space craft, and related components and equipment. While at AIA he helped formulate industry positions on such issues as export controls, civil and defense trade, export finance, and international cooperative programs. He frequently enunciated those positions to the press, in testimony before various Congressional committees, and on advisory committees to the Departments of Defense, State, and Commerce.

Suzanne Palmer, President of Export Compliance Solutions, has 15 years of experience within the State Department and as a Licensing Officer, and over 10 years direct experience with the U. S. defense industry. After leaving the State Department she joined Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore and then went on to work at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.  Combining U.S. Government and defense industry experience, Ms. Palmer specializes in training, interpreting the ITAR and the EAR Export Control Reform initiative and applying U.S. export control regulations.  She has served on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) and as a Special Compliance Official (SCO) for a company operating under a Consent Agreement. 

Mal Zerden retired after serving 27 years in State/DDTC.  During his tenure in DDTC, Mr. Zerden either licensed or supervised the licensing of almost every Category covered by the USML. He reviewed the work of licensing analysts and signed off on Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) requests and Agreements. Mr. Zerden interpreted the regulations for U.S. industry, other U.S. Government agencies and foreign governments. He also interpreted the ITAR for Customs officials (CBP and ICE) and trained officers from those organizations. He provided support to law enforcement organizations and testified at trials that involved violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

Jennifer Saak, Ph.D Jennifer has 17 years of experience in export controls compliance and scientific research at Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise is in the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and economic sanctions (OFAC) with a focus on commodity and technology classification, deemed exports, and technology control plans. Jennifer was also the Technology Trade Compliance Leader for SABIC, a $50 billion multi-national petrochemical company based in Saudi Arabia. In that role, she created and led a team responsible for developing export compliance processes for sites located in 10 different countries.

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Export Compliance Solutions
14 May, 2014
15 May, 2014
Chart House
United States
Training Course


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