Monday, August 17, 2009

Limits on ‘Dual Use’ Tech Exports Could Be Rewritten Next Year

(CQ Politics)

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is developing legislation that would overhaul U.S. controls on the export of certain technologies with potential military applications, the panel’s chairman said.

Industry groups and experts have argued for years that the controls often hamper trade by requiring licenses for too many products that are widely available in global commercial markets. And more resources should be focused on protecting truly sensitive technologies, they say.

On Thursday the White House said the National Economic Council and National Security Council will oversee an interagency study of the system of controls over exports of defense goods and “dual-use” items that have both commercial and military applications. Read more here.