A strategic shift is fully underway within federal law enforcement that seeks to use corporate criminal enforcement as a tool to advance United States national security and foreign policy objectives. Earlier this year, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced a series of initiatives focused on addressing this growing trend, including the formation of the Disruptive Technology Strike Force. Its creation introduced the DOJ’s U.S. National Security Division to the frontline of corporate criminal enforcement signaling a new era of corporate investigations in which the government plans to take aggressive action to prevent the proliferation of critical American technology to geopolitical adversaries.

This strategic shift had largely been seen only in the public speeches and policy pronouncements by government officials – until last week. Now, we can see a first wave of enforcement actions resulting from this new government focus and investment.

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