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Charles Shotwell

U.S. Department of State
Director, Defense Trade Controls Policy
Washington, DC, USA

 Charles Shotwell is the Director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy (DTCP), a post he assumed in January 2009.  He oversees policy for $34B in international defense trade, providing national security and foreign policy oversight for exports of defense articles, particularly as affects the proliferation of conventional, chemical, and biological weapons and related technology.  DTCP is also responsible for maintaining the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and determining commodity jurisdiction.

Mr. Shotwell has served in a variety of political-military and legal affairs assignments. As a Senior Foreign Affairs Specialist with the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), he assisted efforts to reform export control regimes in Israel and the United Arab Emirates. He also served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Technology Security Policy. He is the primary author of the Defense Department's updated export control directive. 

As a career U.S. Air Force officer, Mr. Shotwell served on the Joint Staff, advising the Chairman and other senior officers on European/NATO issues. He taught national security law, foreign relations, and American government as an Associate Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  While assigned to HQ U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, he participated in negotiations of defense cooperation agreements with the governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Canada.

His publications include chapters on export controls and international law in the The Global Century: Globalization and National Security, National Defense University Press, 2001; articles on the law of armed conflict, humanitarian intervention, and foreign military sales; and a book on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

He is a lawyer and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Seattle University and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in international law from American University. He completed a one-year USAF National Defense fellowship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is a graduate of Air War College.


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