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Topics and case studies

FAQ in Defense Trade

BIS FAQs on Technology and Software – address publications, travel to specific countries, conference attendance, educational Instruction, research and scientific exchanges as they relate to export control

Click on the Export Compliance Dashboard, free tool from the Export Compliance Training Institute that provides a convenient one-stop shop to US government regulations. This Dashboard provides a single location for access to all critical export control regulations, compliance tools and templates, export licensing websites links, export compliance news, and other critical information and resources.

Searchable ITAR regulations and Commerce Control List (last updated 08/2015) from Export Compliance Training Institute, Inc.

Case questions under BIS Supplement No 1 Part 734 (Page 15)

COGR Brochure – Export Controls and Universities – Information and Case Studies

Education materials from the FBI

Advice for U.S. College Students Travelers Abroad 

FBI Intellectual Property Protection

FBI Elicitation Techniques

FBI video – Game of Pawns

Thumb Drive Malware

Case studies of note with consequences to universities (and faculty/employees) for export control violations

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati upholds conviction of J. Reece Roth for Export Control ViolationsExport control case scenarios (courtesy of the University of Washington)

Export Charges Filed Against Sixing Liu – unauthorized transfer of technical data relating to defense navigation systems – courtesy of ExportLaw blog

University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) agree to settle allegations of violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The case of Joy Laskar from the Georgia Institute of Technology – possible export control issues and conflicts of interest.

Casting a wide net: China’s encryption restrictions. From the November 2011 issue of WorldECR, the journal of export controls and compliance

Thomas Campbell Butler, MD, a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas reported to the FBI that thirty vials of a potentially deadly plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis (the causative agent of human plague), were missing and presumed stolen from his research lab – read more in BIS – Don’t let this happen to You! – Actual Investigation samples July 2014

US export control laws do cover equipment, but also components as well, as this case study describes: Maryland man indicted in plot to export industrial products and services to Iran.

May 2013 – New York University School of Medicine Scientists Accepted Bribes From China – researchers working on research sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health were charged bribery conspiracy and falsification of records.

Department of Homeland Security / Immigration and Customs Enforcement  Newsroom: “Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Violate Arms Export Control Act

January 2015 – NOAA Employee Charged With Computer Breach Met Senior Chinese Official in Beijing – The Washington Free Beacon

Chinese Hackers Force Penn State to Unplug Engineering Computers – Bloomberg Business, May 15, 2015

Chinese professors among 6 charged with economic espionage – USA TODAY, May 19, 2015

FBI investigates China ties of Ohio State professor who resigned, disappeared – Business Insider, September 9, 2015

Some U.S. phones send text messages to China – Atlanta Journal Constitution

updated 10.08.2017

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