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Broad-Based Business Coalition Proposes a Modernized Export Control Regime
Date: 1/12/2010
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC – The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness (CSC) today released detailed policy recommendations for a 21st Century Technology Control Regime that will enhance both national security and U.S. competitiveness. The Coalition of leading industry and trade associations recommended a series of steps the Administration should take to modernize the export control system.

Specifically, the group proposes reform achieving the following objectives:
  • Establish clear lines of responsibility in the commodity jurisdiction process;
  • Promote effective compliance and enforcement;
  • Improve outreach to and resources for U.S. industry, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Promote greater multilateral cooperation with allies and partners; and
  • Improve the licensing system and increase transparency.
The recommendations each include a thorough, practical explanation of how they can be achieved.

"We believe changes must be made to the current system to make sure it is aligned with our current security needs and the realities of the global technological environment, and – as a practical matter – operates in a more predictable, transparent and efficient manner," the Coalition stated in the letter, which was also sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, National Security Advisor General James Jones and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers.

The CSC sent a letter to President Obama and key administration officials yesterday outlining the recommendations and pushing for immediate action. The coalition has been actively engaged with the Obama Administration since its August 2009 announcement that an interagency taskforce would conduct a comprehensive review of U.S. export controls, which is currently under way. In October 2009, the Coalition submitted to the Administration a
set of principles and implementation objectives to guide the reform effort.

"Taken together, 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 Coalition stated in yesterday's letter to the President and key Administration officials.

The letter was sent on behalf of the Coalition's member associations, which include 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.

For a copy of the letter and recommendations, please click
here.

About the Coalition:

The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness was launched on March 6, 2007, when it provided President Bush with initial recommendations for enhancing U.S. security and competitiveness through modernization of the export control system. Formed by eight leading associations, the Coalition seeks to modernize the export control system so that America is prepared to meet the security and economic challenges of the 21st century. More information about the coalition can be found online at www.securityandcompetitiveness.org.

About the NFTC:

Advancing Global Commerce for 95 Years - The National Foreign Trade Council is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.