Director, Sensors & Aerospace Division, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls
U.S. Department of Commerce
Speaker: The New Face of U.S. Export Controls on Satellites and Spacecraft
Dennis is the Director of the Sensors and Aerospace Division within the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls at the Department of Commerce. He has been in this position since July 2011 and provides leadership and advice to the Bureau for resolving technical and policy problems, developing new export control proposals and settling controversy for systems, equipment and components relating to sensors, lasers, navigation, avionics, aerospace, submersible vehicles and surface vessels. His division also has the lead for technical and policy issues pertaining to the Wassenaar Arrangement. From 2007 to 2011, Dennis was the Senior Engineer/Policy Advisor on missile technology export controls. During that time he also served two years as the Acting Director of the Chemical and Biological Controls Division then spent a year as the Acting Chairman of the Operating Committee (OC) where he oversaw the interagency dispute resolution process for export licensing. He also represented the Department in international negotiations on the export controls that are shared by the United States and other member-nations of both the Australia Group and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). Dennis is a retired Air Force officer and spent his last four years of active duty as a political-military advisor on space and missile proliferation issues in the Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Directorate of Missile Threat Reduction. While there he lead U.S. implementation of the then 34-country Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Technical Annex, chaired the Missile Technology Export Control (MTEC) group and the Missile Annex Review Committee (MARC). He also advised industry and government personnel on space and missile proliferation and technology issues.