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Kennedy Space Center Export Control

Welcome to the KSC Export Control Website

Export Control LogoThe Arms Export Control Act of 1976 gives the President of the United States the authority to control the import and export of defense articles and defense services. It requires governments that receive weapons from the United States to use them for legitimate self-defense. Consideration is given as to whether the exports "would contribute to an arms race, aid in the development of weapons of mass destruction, support international terrorism, increase the possibility of outbreak or escalation of conflict, or prejudice the development of bilateral or multilateral arms control or nonproliferation agreements or other arrangements." The Act also places certain restrictions on American arms traders and manufacturers, prohibiting them from the sale of certain sensitive technologies to certain parties and requiring thorough documentation of such trades to trusted parties.

Exports are controlled primarily through federal law as specified in the following two regulations:

  1. INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC IN ARMS REGULATIONS (ITAR): The Arms Export Control Act (Sec. 38) of 1976, as amended (P.L. 90-629), authorizes (22 U.S.C., Chapter 39, Subchapter III, Sec. 2778 entitled Control of Arms Exports and Imports) the President to designate those items which shall be considered as defense articles and defense services, and control their import and export.

    The items so designated shall constitute the United States Munitions List (22 CFR Part 121) and are regulated through the U.S. Department of State, Office of Defense Trade Controls.

  2. EXPORT ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS (EAR): The Export Administration Act of 1979 authorized the President to regulate exports of civilian goods and technologies (equipment, materials, software, and technology, including data and knowledge) that have military applications (dual-use items). Such controls have traditionally been temporary, and when it has lapsed, the President has declared a national emergency and maintained export control regulations under the authority of an executive order. (1)

    The items so designated shall constitute the United States Commerce Control List (15 CFR Part 774 2) and are regulated through the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security.

In fulfilling America's objectives for space exploration and protecting high technology exports the KSC Export Control Office (ECO) administers the NASA Export Control program to ensure the maintenance of national security by limiting access to sensitive space technology and hardware.

Kennedy Space Center Export Control Office - Mission Statement

“To implement, support, and promote the NASA Export Control Program at KSC by providing technical expertise, direction, awareness and training.”

Fulfilling the Mission

In achieving the mission and facilitating the best service possible, the KSC ECO:

  • Provides timely, professional, knowledgeable, and courteous service to NASA Civil Servants and to NASA Contractors seeking guidance on classifications for hardware, software, technical data, and excess equipment.
  • Provides expert advice on TAA/export licensing registration and guidance about compliance with export law and regulations.
  • Works closely with other agencies to ensure compliance with U.S. regulations and to ensure violations of the ACEA do not occur.
  • Promotes awareness and provides training across the KSC workforce
  • Provides oversight to KSC contractor export control