Defense Trade Advocacy

The U.S. Department of Commerce coordinates the use of U.S. Government resources and authority in order to level the playing field by advocating on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for specific international contracts or other U.S. export opportunities.

For defense trade advocacy requests, Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security coordinates the interagency policy review, with the support of the Departments of State and Defense, to determine whether the request is consistent with U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.

The International Trade Administration’s Advocacy Center is the defense industry’s point of contact for requesting defense trade advocacy.  All requests for U.S. Government advocacy assistance for defense-related projects should be submitted to the Advocacy Center.

Further information on the Advocacy Center’s activities and procedures can be obtained from its Web site.


Strategic Industries and Economic Security Resources  

Strategic Industries & Economic Security
Michael Vaccaro, Director

Eric Longnecker, Director
Strategic Analysis Division and Acting Director Defense Programs Division

 Todd Willis, Director
Munitions Control Division

Phone: 202-482-4506
Fax: 202-482-5650

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security
14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Room 3876
Washington, DC 20230