Defense Trade Working Group

(U.S.) A committee of officials from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, State and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) was established in 1990 to coordinate agency policies and resources in areas concerned with defense expenditures. The group works with industry to identify ways to target industry needs and increase the success of industry export efforts by minimizing government impediments, streamlining procedures, and improving the availability of market information. The DTWG includes three subgroups: (1) The Defense Export Market Opportunity Subgroup, chaired by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which helps implement Administration defense export policy and enhances U.S. government support for U.S. defense exporters; (2) The European Defense Cooperation Subgroup, chaired by the U.S. Department of State, which coordinates interagency input to U.S.-NATO International Staff for the NATO Council on National Armaments Directors (CNAD) study on defense trade; and (3) The Technology Transfer/Third Country Reexport Subgroup, chaired by the U.S. Department of Defense, which works with industry to define a more proactive technology transfer regime that could be implemented within the limits of U.S. national security and industrial competitiveness interests.

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