Secretary Gates on Export Controls

Reuters, “U.S., citing security, to revamp export controls“:

(Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced plans on Tuesday to overhaul Cold War-era export controls, saying confusing and excessive U.S. rules undermined national security, the defense industry and ties with allies.

Bloomberg, U.S. to Consolidate Export-Controls to Boost Trade, Gates Says”:

April 20 (Bloomberg) — The Obama administration will push Congress to simplify and consolidate controls on exports of U.S. goods with potential military applications into one government agency to boost trade, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Two good quotes of many from Gates:

  • “The United States is thought to have one of the most stringent export regimes in the world. But stringent is not the same as effective.”
  • “Multinational companies can move production offshore, eroding our defense industrial base, undermining our control regimes in the process, not to mention losing American jobs.”

Reporters cite the NAM’s study from the Milken Institute, “Jobs for America,” on export controls that estimates modernizing export controls on commercially available technology products could boost exports by 1.9 percent (or $56.6 billion), and increase 340,000 jobs by 2019.

Also, from DOD, “DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: U.S. Export Control System”:

Secretary Robert Gates will be giving a significant speech today at 1:30 PM EDT to the Business Executives for National Security on reforming the U.S. export control system.  At 4 p.m. EDT, we will hold a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with the Mr. James A. Hursch, director, Defense Technology Security Administration, who will provide details on DoD’s position on export controls.

Listen live to the roundtable.

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