Jason Knowles
Senior Consultant

Jason Knowles

Jason brings his experience as a Senior Defense Export Analyst at the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to companies using or seeking to use ITAR export agreements (TAAs, MLAs, WDAs) to conduct ITAR-controlled business activities with non-U.S. partners. At DDTC, Jason reviewed, adjudicated and counseled industry and government stakeholders regarding more than 1,500 defense export applications and submissions, with a total value exceeding $42 Billon.  His experience spans all U.S. Munitions List controlled exports; however, he specialized in licenses for arms, ammunitions, electronics and training. Prior to his departure from DDTC in May 2018, Jason was the licensing officer for all ITAR agreements submitted by the firearms and ammunition industry. Jason is a U.S. Air Force retired veteran who holds a Top Secret/SCI eligible security clearance.


  • ITAR-to-EAR transition of existing TAAs, MLAs and WDAs
  • ITAR Agreements, requirements and submissions
  • Technical Assistance Agreements (TAAs)
  • Manufacturing License Agreements (MLAs)
  • Warehouse and Distribution Agreements (WDAs)

Firearms Regulatory Expertise

  • International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR)
  • Export Control Reform (ECR)
  • Arms Export Control Act (AECA)
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • DDTC Agreements Officer for Division 6, Small Arms and PPE from March 2017 to June 2018.
  • DDTC Agreements Officer May 2016 to June 2018

Pervious Employment

  • Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
  • USAF Military Exchange Officer, Political-Military Affairs Strategist and Senior Defense Trade Controls Analyst, U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Control