Direct Commercial Sales

The Department of State’s Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) program regulates and licenses private U.S. companies’ overseas sales of weapons and other defense articles, defense services, and military training. (Note: this is different from Foreign Military Sales, which concerns government-to-government sales).

There is no Leahy Amendment applicable to the DCS program.

The Department of State’s Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) program regulates and licenses private U.S. companies’ overseas sales of weapons and other defense articles, defense services, and military training. (Note: this is different from Foreign Military Sales, which concerns government-to-government sales).

There is no Leahy Amendment applicable to the DCS program.

The DCS program is administered by the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

The DCS program is governed by:

  • The Arms Control Export Act and
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations
  • Military Critical Technologies List
  • The United States government is required by Congress to prepare an annual report on military assistance, military exports, and military imports known as the “Section 655” report (after the section of the Foreign Assistance Act which requires it). This report provides the most detailed official accounting available of specific U.S. weapons systems exported or licensed for export to governments or private buyers around the world. Both the State Department and the Defense Department submit Section 655 reports. DCS licenses (but not actual exports under those licenses) are reported in the Annual State Department Section 655 Report.