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Sarah J. Heidema

Sarah J. Heidema

U.S. Department of State
Division Chief, Regulatory and Multilateral Affairs
Washington, DC, USA


Sarah J. Heidema is the Director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy in the Department of State’s Political Military Bureau.  Her portfolio includes providing policy and regulatory guidance on defense trade to the U.S. Government, private sector, and foreign allies and partners, as well as overseeing the Department’s Blue Lantern program and revisions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  Prior to this position she led the Department of State’s division charged with implementing Export Control Reform and the development of country-based and regional export policy for certain defense articles and services.     

Before joining the Department of State in 2009, Ms. Heidema worked at the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security for five years.  She served in a variety of positions throughout the Bureau’s Export Administration unit, and finally as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. 

Ms. Heidema holds a MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College and a BA in International Relations from The George Washington University.

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