As a world leader in the development and use of national security education and research, NPS works closely in coordination with the Department of Defense, Department of Navy, international scientific community, and many foreign governments. These interactions are highly valued and important to scientific progress both for the country and the world. Some of our work and collaborations are based upon fundamental research that has no controls regarding such interactions, but some may also involve classified or sensitive technologies that are subject to a variety of economic and security controls.
The interest of foreign interaction at NPS has grown over the years. With that growth, NPS programs have an increasing number of visitors who are citizens of other countries--countries that may be the subject of restrictions on the exchange of specific technologies.
As a responsible exporter, NPS must abide by the export rules and regulations set forth by multiple agencies in the U.S. government. It means that we must understand the export control implications of the work we perform and obtain all required licenses or approvals prior to their transfer, whether abroad or within the United States (such actions being referred to as a "deemed export").
Of particular concern to NPS are export controls dealing with national security-related technology. A critical concern and important objective of export controls is to help curtail proliferation of certain national security-related technologies. DOD has developed guidelines intended to help all personnel implement a responsible, security-conscious, and consistent policy regarding DOD transfers of unclassified equipment, materials, and technology that could adversely affect U.S. security or commitments.
Part of identifying unclassified and sensitive technology information at NPS requires some degree of control or special protection. Information designated by responsible NPS, Navy, and sponsor Subject Matter Expert (SME) personnel--broadly categorized by the Department of Defense as CUI or Controlled Unclassified Information, -- requires appropriate marking, storage, and handling.
A fundamental basis for an effective CUI, and its subset, the Export Control Information (ECI) compliance program, is the active support for an export control policy and procedures by NPS upper management. This commitment and awareness for NPS compliance is acknowledged and demonstrated in the Dean of Research policy statement.