(U.S. State Dept.)
As the pace of technological advance accelerates, and as technological capability spreads around the world, the need to update our Export Controls is increasingly urgent. We are no longer in an era in which a handful of countries hold the keys to the most sensitive technologies, as was the case during the Cold War. Today, a whole range of nations have advanced technological capability.
At the same time, because of the diffusion of technology, many U.S. companies must collaborate with foreign partners to develop, produce and sustain leading-edge military hardware and technology. Their survival depends on it.
But because our current export controls are confusing, time-consuming, and – many would say – overreaching, our allies increasingly seek to ‘design out’ US parts and services, thus avoiding our export controls and the end-use monitoring that comes with them in favor of indigenous design. This threatens the viability of our defense industrial base, especially in these austere times.
Click here to read the complete testimony of Tom Kelly, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs made before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Export Control Reform.
Related: Officials Detail Export Control List Reforms, Offer No Timeframe on Additional Changes (STR Trade Report)
Date: April 25, 2013