Senior Advisor

Allan Suchinsky joined the Trade Compliance Group in 2009 as a Senior Advisor. He is a leading authority in the field of defense and dual-use trade possessing unparalleled experience in counseling representatives of industry and government on export licensing requirement procedures.

Allan’s clientele ranges from major defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman, and General Motors to a number of mid-size and smaller companies. In addition, Allan does work for various U.S. Government agencies as well as foreign governments and companies. One of Allan’s primary goals has been to ensure that exporters seeking U.S. Government authorizations receive them in a timely manner, while at the same time, remaining compliant with all pertinent regulatory requirements. Allan previously served as the Licensing Branch Chief at the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) where he was an official for more than 25 years.

During his tenure at the Department of State, Allan supervised dozens of licensing personnel in the processing of some 50,000 export license requests per year. Allan was responsible for establishing policies and procedures for case processing. He also hired and trained licensing officers. He specialized in assisting industry with complex time-sensitive licensing scenarios and the development of aggressive marketing strategies that adhere to U.S. Government requirements.

Allan played an instrumental role in drafting the current version of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which governs commercial defense trade. He chaired numerous special interagency studies on the regulatory process and defense trade policy formulation. He also represented the Department of State on numerous interagency trade security working groups and served as the DDTC’s primary liaison to the intelligence community.

He was a key participant in high-level negotiation of numerous government-to-government strategic trade and security agreements. Allan helped negotiate agreements with many Asian nations, including the People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia; as well as with Australia, Yugoslavia and Brazil. He also held the Department of State chair on the U.S./Canada Security Subcommittee and the National Disclosure Policy Committee.

Allan is a popular, sought-after speaker and trainer on the regulatory process and procedures for obtaining timely export approvals. Sessions are held at corporate facilities and at federal agencies (including U.S. military bases). He also develops export compliance programs for clients, produces procedures manuals, and conducts audits of compliance programs. He has written numerous articles on defense trade issues and co-authored a book on the subject.

In 1991, the Electronic Industries Association presented Allan with its annual award for outstanding U.S. Government performance.

Allan is a graduate of Binghamton University and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of various trade groups, such as the Association of Old Crows and the National Defense Industrial Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Society for International Affairs, a defense-trade educational organization.