Second Proposed Category XII Rule is Better but Far From Good

There was significant industry opposition to the Administration’s first proposed revisions to U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category XII (Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical and Guidance and Control Equipment) of the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and corresponding Commerce Control List (CCL) entries on the Commerce Department’s […]

Potomac Institute Report on the ITAR

Earlier this month, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a nonprofit research organization focused on science, technology, and national security issues, released its report on the impacts of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) on U.S. national security and economic interests. [FN 1] The board of directors, […]

DTAG White Paper on ECR

The Department of State Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) Export Control Reform (ECR) Working Group white paper is now available for download at the State Department website. [F/N 1]   The DTAG is a Federal Advisory Committee Act committee.  Its members are highly qualified representatives of the defense trade industry […]

Impact of Export Control Reform on Small Businesses

The International Trade Administration reports that small and medium-sized companies account for ninety-eight percent (98%) of U.S. exporters. [FN 1].  According to a National Small Business Association and Small Business Exporters Association Exporting Survey performed in 2013, three-fourths of U.S. small business exporting items controlled under either the State Department’s International […]

State Department Holds Out on Doomed Cybersecurity Controls

Last month’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing on Wassenaar Cybersecurity and Export Controls was highly critical of the Administration’s agreement to adopt broad export controls on cybersecurity software and technology under the Wassenaar Arrangement, a multilateral export control regime, without appropriate consideration of the cybersecurity […]