Export Control Reform: an Overview of President Obama’s Initiative

Export Control Reform: an Overview of President Obama’s Initiative

Charles Wray First of three installments from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA (DE&C)) In August 2009, President Obama initiated a comprehensive review of the United States’ export control system to identify possible reforms. Although the United States has one of the most robust export control systems in the world, it is rooted in the Cold War era and must be updated to address the threats we face today and the changing economic and technological landscape. The assessment, conducted by an interagency task force created at the direction of the President, included all departments and agencies with roles in export control. The task […]

Proposed Changes to Export Control of Certain Categories of the U.S. Munitions List

Proposed Changes to Export Control of Certain Categories  of the U.S. Munitions List

As part of Phase II of the export control reform (ECR) initiative, the various categories of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) are being reviewed for possible revision, including transfer from Department of State to more relaxed Department of Commerce export rules. This process involves several steps: consideration by subject-matter experts of those items currently being controlled; identification of proposed changes; notification in the Federal Register; and a period for public comment. Each category review is proceeding at a slightly different pace, and not all categories have undergone the same segments of review. The following summaries present details from a representative sample of USML categories. Category I: Firearms Firearms with a […]