Lowell Defense Trade LLC ("LDT") is a national security consulting firm located in the Washington, D.C. area providing services to the private sector and the U.S. Government on strategic trade controls.We help defense and aerospace companies solve export control problems and enhance their internal control systems and training programs to meet high standards.
Our knowledge and experience cover most matters regulated under the State Department's International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Commerce Department's Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and related federal laws and regulations administered by other agencies (e.g., IEEPA, AECA, EAA, OFAC, USMIL, CIFIUS, etc.).
While LDT clients include defense firms of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies and multinationals, a particular focus of our practice is supporting small and medium size U.S. defense firms, to whom we can offer high quality services at reduced rates. For more details about our services please follow the navigation bar at left.
The firm is managed by William Lowell, former Director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls at the State Department (1994-2002) and former staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations (2003-2006).
LDT does not lobby or provide services covered by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Wisconsin Project's Risk Report
Though LDT cannot endorse a particular screening service, it recommends that U.S. firms give serious consideration to the unique analytical database of known and suspect end users available through the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control's Risk Report, to which a link is provided in the navigation bar on this page.
U.S. Arms Export Control in History
The basic principles and architecture of the modern day comprehensive system of U.S. arms export controls evolved throughout the 20th century in light of changing threats to peace and international security -- not in response to any single event or threat.
For example, the British doctrine of ultimate consumption presaged U.S. Government third party transfer requirements, a hallmark of U.S. arms export controls today. First introduced in 1915, this was a British method of guaranteeing products against reexport to Germany and neutral European countries during World War I. American importers of British products (e.g., rubber, chrome, copper, tungsten ore and other steel ingredients) were required to sign certificates with the British Consulate in New York as a condition for the granting of a license permitting export of such goods from Britain to the United States. The certificates contained written guarantees by American importers not to reexport, directly or indirectly, any manufactured or partly manufactured goods except to certain countries approved by the British Government or to British Dominions from where onward export would be subject to British control.