The Technology Security Office (TSO) statutory mission is to provide the authoritative Department of Defense assessment of underlying technologies that are critical capabilities to military success of the war-fighter and to work with other Departments or Agencies to help protect those technologies from foreign exploitation.
Manage the Militarily Critical Technologies Program (MCTP)
Coordinate, through the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), with counterparts in Departments of Commerce and State to inform the export licensing and control processes
Promote international science and technology cooperation with close allies and coalition partners and influence protection of jointly developed technologies
Coordinate with other organizations toward a full spectrum of technology protection responses (e.g Defense Security Service (DSS) Horizontal Program Protection (HPP), FBI Counter-Intelligence).
Facilitate, through the Administration of the Damage Assessment Management Office (DAMO) function, understanding the significance associated with potentially compromised (i.e. Defense/ Network industry) technical information for subsequent corrective actions by other agencies.
Observing Open-Source information, inform the communities of interest and other stakeholders about potentially disruptive dual-use or converging technologies (regardless of source or presence in the DoD value-added chain) and their impacts on the war-fighter.