18 years ago
April 20, 2004
Web posted at: 12:54 PM EDT
(ROL Newswire) -- The United States Department of State has determined
that the RCS Rocket Motor Components (RCS) Inc. Institute of
Experimental Rocket Technology (IERT) "Advanced Propellant Formulation
and Processing Course" is a "defense article" as defined in the
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
On December 13, 2003, RCS IERT requested a "commodity jurisdiction" (CJ)
determination from the U.S. Department of State on its "Advanced
Propellant Formulation and Processing Course". This was due to RCS's
understanding that the course included content that could be considered
a restricted article as described in the United States Munitions List.
As a precaution prior to receiving the determination, attendance in the
course was limited to only those participants holding U.S. Citizenship.
On April 8, 2004, the Department of State made its determination:
"Your commodity jurisdiction (CJ) request was referred to the
Departments of Commerce and Defense for review and recommendations. The
Advanced Propellant Formulation and Processing Course given by the RCS
Rocket Motor Components, Inc. Institute of Experimental Rocket
Technology includes information related to formulating and processing
"The Department of State has determined that the Advanced Propellant
Formulation and Processing Course given by RCS Rocket Motor Components,
Inc. Institute of Experimental Rocket Technology is subject to the
licensing jurisdiction of the Department of State in accordance with the
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 CFR 120 through 130). This
item is designated a defense article under Category V(h) of the United
States Munitions List. Licenses issued by this office are required prior
Among other things, the State Department's "defense article"
determination means that RCS will be required to apply for a license if
a foreign national wishes to attend to course. Since the course was
announced in October 2003, a number of foreign citizens have expressed
their desire to participate in the course. RCS has delayed its response
to these individuals until a determination was received from the
A copy of the U.S. State Department's CJ determination for the RCS IERT
propellant course in PDF format can be downloaded from the "News" page
of the RCS website located at
Source: RCS Rocket Motor Components (RCS), Inc.