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Security at the Kirsten Wind Tunnel

Physical Security:

The perimeter doors of the wind tunnel building are kept locked and to gain access one must use a key card. Key cards can be checked out from UWAL management. Another set of interior doors can be left locked for added security. We keep them locked for ITAR tests, classified tests, or whenever our customers request that they be locked. The door to the control room can also be kept locked for an added level of security.

The two southern ground-level workrooms connected to the loading bay, get assigned to specific Aero/Astro Dept. programs. Non-UWAL persons get their UW ID cards set to allow temporary access to only those rooms and they cannot unlock other Kirsten Wind Tunnel doors. Historically the users of those workrooms have been good about minding security, for their own work and for others.

The Kirsten Wind Tunnel ground floor has a small lobby that serves as a natural stop for incoming persons. Once in a while, we will have a customer team that includes private security personnel. Typically they make the lobby the main post, and keep secure the bags, phones, cameras, etc. of the wind tunnel test's personnel (including UWAL personnel) there. Portable detection equipment can be placed for off hours and other temporary security enhancements deployed.

Data Security:

The data acquistion system, the file server, data reduction PC's, and PC's reserved for customers are on the "UWAL Network" which is NOT physically connected to any other network and is especially NOT connected to the internet.

Key Cards and CAAMS:

The Campus Automated Access Management System (CAAMS) is the university's system for controlling electronic door locks. Temporary Key Cards that work in the CAAMS readers are provided to UWAL customers during their tests (please return them before leaving!). The Key Cards give customer personnel access to appropriate areas of the building at appropriate times. Settings for the Key Cards are made by UWAL management. The Customer can request that the Key Cards be given specific settings. Note that settings are also made that disable the provided Key Cards after one's wind tunnel test.

University Personnel and United States Citizenship:

The following university personnel have access to the wind tunnel building: UWAL Staff and Crew, two Dept. of Aero & Astro Faculty members with departmental executive authority, University Police Officers, the custodian assigned to UWAL, and a few critical Facilities Services personnel. All personnel with access have documented to UWAL or the university that they are citizens of the United States.

ITAR Tests, ITAR Data, Non-ITAR Person, E.A.R., ECCN, USML, Proprietary Information, Sensitive Unclassified Information, Restricted Technology, Trade Secrets, Information-Ownership, etc.:

UWAL personnel use the acronymn "ITAR" as a shortcut term for virtually all situations in which export controls are involved. We review applicable laws/regulations and train employees to protect customer information and test results. And for employees' future reference, we communicate some of the differences between applicable security and secrecy regulations. But because in practice we rarely have a reason not to treat restricted wind tunnel tests as if ITAR is applicable, the term ITAR can be assumed to be an abbreviation for all laws and regulations having to do with export controls. Non-ITAR persons are Foreign Persons plus anyone to whom the customer or UWAL has not granted access to ITAR controlled information and areas. UWAL has an ITAR Plan/Procedures that was developed in conjunction with past customers which we follow whenever a wind tunnel test has been deemed an "ITAR Test". Note that UWAL reserves the right to deem a customer's test an ITAR Test even if the customer disagrees that their test article has export controlled characteristics. (It's only happened once.) The inconvenience is trivial unless customer personnel includes Foreign Persons. During Restricted Access testing, interior doors are kept locked, appropriate restricted-area signs are posted, and a customer-approved access list can be posted and enforced at the interior doors.

Export controlled technology or not, UWAL can (and nearly always does) commit to and sign PIA's, NDA's, and similar agreements.

DDTC Registration:

Per ITAR Part 122, on behalf of university entities such as UWAL, the Provost of the University of Washington has registered UW with the US Dept. of State DDTC. UWAL relies on the provost to renew the registration each year.

Classified Testing at UWAL:

The physical layout of the Kirsten Wind Tunnel allows classified wind tunnel testing to be performed at UWAL. The University of Washington's FSO must consult on the test. No UWAL personnel have security clearances so customers must bring sufficient cleared personnel to staff and secure the test section area. If the nature of the wind tunnel test presents higher than usual risk to the facility or equipment, additional liability considerations may need to be added to the Work Agreement. Contact UWAL to discuss further.