The Next Step on Export Controls

From The Hill, “Gates to lay out next steps to overhaul export control system“:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday will deliver a much-anticipated speech laying out the next steps the Obama administration will take to overhaul the nation’s outdated export control system, seen by many as a Cold War relic.

The recent Milken Institute report, “Jobs for America,” made the case for such a reworking of the Cold War era system of export controls:

Modernizing export controls on commercially available technology products for some countries would allow U.S. firms to capture increased international market share. In this scenario, real exports of goods and services rise by 1.9 percent (or $56.6 billion), and 340,000 jobs are added by 2019 (160,000 of them in the manufacturing sector).

Last week, the NAM called for a fundamental overhaul of the system. The NAM’s Frank Vargo, vice president of international economic affairs, said:

Earlier this year we submitted short-term goals to the Administration that focused on improving U.S. security and global competitiveness. As the Administration now considers fundamental, long-term reform, we are putting forth seven comprehensive recommendations that will help establish the framework for an export control regime that protects national security, supports the high tech industrial base and allows manufacturers to compete in the global marketplace.

The NAM’s seven recommendations include establishing a permanent interagency team to review and assess overall policy objectives, creating one central location for technical experts to develop a unified control list and improving multilateral engagement.

The NAM’s blueprint for the reforms is here.

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