ANSER | Preventing Illicit Technology Transfer
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Preventing Illicit Technology Transfer

 Preventing Illicit Technology Transfer

Client: Defense Technology Security Administration

Mission Area: Global Threats and Intelligence

In an era when an unprecedented amount of global commerce takes place daily, it’s essential to balance the desire to achieve short-term financial gains against long-term strategic risks. Does a given aircraft have an advanced electronic system that can’t be shared? Who are the end users? Who are the users likely to be aligned with in 5 to 10 years? All these concerns and more are what the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) has to account for every day for every one of the 20,000 export license applications it receives annually.

DTSA’s Chief of Policy Directorate needed a team that could provide timely and detailed reports to ensure that its policies were in concert with broader foreign, industrial and national security strategies. ANSER gave it the insight and innovation to meet this challenge. Examples of deliverables we provide daily include:

  • End-user assessments
  • Open-source research reports
  • Business process review
  • Database analysis and maintenance

Ben Franklin once said, “No nation was ever ruined by trade.” Although Ben Franklin was largely correct, there have been many instances of unintended technology transfers that shifted advantages among nations. Our team is supporting the effort to mitigate such shifts daily .

Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is as old as the spice routes that linked Europe with Southeast Asia. In Franklin’s era, in 1789, Samuel Slater facilitated the technical capacity to build a textile mill in Rhode Island after he memorized the schematics while living in England. At the time, the technology was exclusively British and fiercely protected. Because of Slater’s efforts, the United States negated the need to ship cotton to a recent adversary, allowing it to emerge as a textile exporter and denying the British much-needed foreign exchange during the post-Revolutionary period. In short, it shifted the geopolitical commercial landscape in our favor.

In today’s interconnected and interdependent world, it’s incumbent upon us to foster growth through trade while protecting technology that can fall into the wrong hands. This requires maintaining independence from various interests within government and industry. It requires a commitment to public service so our nation’s leaders can continue to hold the public trust.

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ANSER Projects, Global Threats and Intelligence