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Candace M. J. Goforth

Candace M. J. Goforth

Goforth Trade Advisors LLC
Managing Director
Alexandria, VA, USA


Candace Goforth is the Managing Director of Goforth Trade Advisors where she provides clients with strategic and practical day-to-day solutions involving defense trade and export controls.  She is a subject matter expert on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Prior to establishing Goforth Trade Advisors, Candace served as the Policy Director in the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls at the U.S. Department of State, which is the authority for interpretation and implementation of the ITAR.  As Director, Candace administered the Department of State’s implementation of President Obama’s Export Control Reform initiative and was intimately involved in the revision of the U.S. Munitions List and the Commerce Control List.  Candace was also a key contributor in the drafting of the specially designed definition and the formulation of the transition plan.

Candace oversaw the Commodity Jurisdiction section which determines whether items are controlled on the U.S. Munitions List or Commerce Control List. Additionally, Candace managed revisions to the ITAR to include export policies related to Dual and Third Country Nationals and the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the UK and Australia.  The formulation of export licensing policies related to particular countries of concern was also under her purview.

Before serving as Policy Director, Candace was the Division Chief for the Emerging Technologies and Training Division in the Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing and was charged with the training of all new Licensing and Agreements Officers.  This involved providing foundational instruction in the ITAR as well as in-depth training in the review and adjudication of export license applications, technical assistance and manufacturing license agreements.  The foundational instruction included training on the commodity jurisdiction process, registration requirements, compliance and enforcement activities, and brokering.  She was responsible for developing and publishing internal and external guidance on export control policies.  

Candace’s success as the Division Chief responsible for training was due to her hands-on experience as a licensing officer, an agreements officer, a commodity jurisdiction analyst and a compliance specialist.  She is intimately familiar with the documentary requirements for the various authorization requests, commodity jurisdiction submissions and voluntary disclosures, and the related review criteria of the U.S. Government.    

Candace is a perennial speaker on ITAR and EAR topics at the basic and advanced levels at conferences and training in the U.S. and abroad.  She maintains strong contacts within the Departments of State, Commerce, Defense, Justice and Homeland Security as well as the National Security Staff. Candace received her Masters of Arts in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University.  She maintains a Top Secret clearance with the U.S. Government.

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