BIS is the focal point within the Department of Commerce for developing, promoting, and implementing policies that ensure a strong, technologically superior U.S. defense industrial base. Congressional mandates and executive orders provide BIS with unique authorities to manage these program responsibilities.
Defense Priorities and Allocations System
BIS is responsible for ensuring the timely availability of industrial resources to meet current national defense and emergency preparedness requirements with minimal disruption to commercial activities. DPAS also provides an operating system to support rapid industrial response in a national emergency.
Defense Trade Advocacy
BIS is the lead U.S. Government agency that can offer advocacy support to U.S. companies competing in the global defense market.
Selling to NATO - U.S. Company Certification
U.S. companies interested in selling to NATO must receive U.S. government certification in order to qualify to bid on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program funded procurement opportunities here or abroad. The associated forms, procedures, related NATO documents and contact information are provided here.
Best Manufacturing Practices Program
The BMP Program is a unique partnership between BIS, the Department of the Navy and the University of Maryland. BMP is a national resource that identifies and promotes sharing of best practices being used in industry, government, and academia.
Defense Industrial Capability and Technology Assessments
BIS conducts industry analyses to asses capabilities of the U.S. industrial base to support the national defense. Industry-specific surveys are used to provide essential data for these comprehensive assessments.
Impact of Offsets in Defense Trade
Annual Reports and Information
BIS is responsible for monitoring the impact of offsets in defense trade on the defense preparedness, industrial competitiveness, employment, and trade of the United States and reporting annually to Congress. Offsets are forms of compensation required by foreign governments in return for the purchase of U.S. defense systems.
Investigations of the Effects
of Imports on National Security (Section 232 Reports)
At the request of industry, Congress, government agencies or individuals, BIS investigates the effects of imports on national security. The final report is completed within 270 days of initiation and is submitted to the President for review and action.
Business and Technology Enhancement
This BIS initiative matches industry with government agencies and leading national laboratories to access technology transfer, manufacturing enhancement, and exporting resources. The goal is to increase the competitiveness of U.S. industry in the global marketplace.
National Defense Stockpile Information
BIS co-chairs the interagency national defense stockpile Market Impact Committee (MIC). MIC provides advice to the Department of Defense on the economic impact of national defense stockpile transactions.