Making Exports Possible While Protecting Security

By September 6, 2007Trade

Good story at on the push for reforming export controls.

The atmosphere for changing U.S. regulations governing arms exports has never been better, defense industry experts say. But the time to accomplish reforms may be short.
Industry lobbyists and trade organizations have pressed hard for most of this year for reforms that will make it easier and faster to obtain export licenses for military technology. And the efforts are showing signs of success.

“The administration has welcomed suggestions for change,” said Jeremiah Gertler, vice president for defense and international affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association. From the departments of commerce, state and defense to the National Security Council, “there is openness to reform,” he told a gathering of U.S. and foreign defense and industry officials.

The NAM is a founding member of the Coalition for Security and Competitiveness, seeking to modernize the U.S. export control system.

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