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January 12, 2010 

Coalition for Security and Competitiveness Releases Detailed Export Control Recommendations

The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness (CSC) today released detailed recommendations on the specific steps the Obama Administration and Congress can take to reform and modernize the U.S. export control system.

The document, entitled "Recommendations for a 21st Century Technology Control Regime", which was included with a letter sent to to President Obama and other key members of the Obama Administration, states that:

United States export control system has not been significantly revised in more than twenty years. The result is a system that no longer fully protects our national security, has not kept up with accelerating technological change, and does not function with the efficiency and transparency needed to keep the United States competitive in the global marketplace.

The Administration’s export control review, as well as impending legislative proposals, provides an opportunity to strengthen our security and give business the clarity and guidance it needs to comply with the rules and remain competitive.
In order to accomplish these reforms, the CSC indicated that these goals can best be accomplished in the near term by structuring export control reform around the following five themes:

1. Draw clear lines of agency responsibility.
2. Control lists should be revised and reduced. 
3. Complete the transition to an end user-based system. 
4. Enhance cooperation with allies. 
5. Enhance cooperation with the business community. 

The CSC also provided detailed recommendations in the following 11 areas applicable to the dual-use (EAR) and munitions control (ITAR/USML) control systems that can be taken within the existing legislative authorizations and would not require further Congressional action:

1. Establish Clear Lines of Responsibility in the Commodity Jurisdiction Process
2. Promote Effective Compliance and Enforcement
3. Improve Outreach to and Resources for U.S. industry, particularly for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
4. Promote Greater Multilateral Cooperation with Allies and Partners
5. Improve the Licensing System and Increase Transparency
6. Systematic Review of the Commerce Control List (CCL) with a Greater Focus on Foreign Availability
7. Encryption
8. Focus and Improve the U.S. Munitions List
9. Improve Export Licensing Caseload Management
10. Provide for DoD Acquisition, technology and Logistics Role in Export Controls
11. Developing Transparent and Disciplined Processes for the Department of Defense’s Disclosure Decisions

The CSC's letter to the President noted that, “our principles and recommendations would create a 21st century export control regime that protects critical technologies, safeguards our national security, spurs innovation and promotes economic growth.”

The CSC is comprised of the following member associations: the Aerospace Industries Association, the Association of American Exporters and Importers, the AMT - Association for Manufacturing Technology, The Business Roundtable, the Coalition for Employment Through Exports, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Industrial Fastener Institute, the Information Technology Industry Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Defense Industrial Association, the National Foreign Trade Council, the Satellite Industry Association, the Space Enterprise Council, The Space Foundation, TechAmerica and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The CSC's letter to President Obama can be found here.
The CSC's specific export control reform recommendations can be found here.

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