ECR Seeks ITAR Control Over Commercial Optics

The President’s Export Control Reform (“ECR”) Task Force released proposed rules yesterday that seek to subject a vast array of commercial optics items and technology to restrictive export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). [F/N 1] Many of the items and technology subject to the […]

ITAR Amendments Undermine Key DoD Acquisition Goal

At a defense industry conference held yesterday in Washington, D.C., a senior U.S. Defense Department acquisition representative discussed Defense Department plans to recruit innovators from the commercial sector to help U.S. military technologies keep pace with technological advances abroad. [F/N 1] As previously discussed on DTL Blog, [F/N […]

Rise of the Trade Promotion Websites

Export control professionals are familiar with the Obama Administration’s plan to consolidate export control agency licensing functions into a single licensing agency. [F/N 1] However, relatively few people know that the Administration also announced a separate plan to consolidate the U.S. Government’s fragmented commerce, trade, and investment functions into […]

Commodity Jurisdiction by the Numbers

The scope of defense articles, technical data, and defense services subject to Department of State export control jurisdiction under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) (22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130) is described at ITAR Section 121.1, better known as the U.S. Munitions List (“USML”). The USML is divided […]

Watch Out for STA!

As recently released by OMB, the Export Control Reform (“ECR”) Task Force published a final rule correcting and adding clarifications to thirteen previous rules amending the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). [F/N 1] Among other things, the latest correction rule corrects an August 18, 2014 correction rule that incorrectly […]