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Coalition for Security and Competitiveness Statement on Secretary Gates’ Export Control Remarks
Date: 4/21/2010
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC – The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness (CSC) today released the following statement in response to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ remarks on export control reform.

“Export control modernization is essential to better protecting our national security and helping our critical technology industries maintain their long term competitiveness. The Coalition welcomes the Administration’s commitment to export control modernization and the hard work it has undertaken to develop its proposals.

“The Administration’s plan will go a long way toward achieving those goals. Particularly important are meaningful list review and reduction and agreement on how to resolve jurisdictional issues between the State and Commerce Departments.

“We support the Administration’s sequencing plan, which begins with the most difficult issues and then moves on to agency reorganization. CSC believes that a phased approach that begins with the most important issues is the one most likely to achieve lasting success. We appreciate the Secretary’s acknowledgement of the structural challenges associated with the reforms he outlined today.

“We also believe genuine progress in implementing reforms will require the continued leadership of Secretaries Gates, Clinton and Locke and General Jones. CSC looks forward to hearing more from the Administration on implementing many of the near and medium-term reforms we proposed earlier this year.”

The Coalition’s member associations 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 Fasteners 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.

About the Coalition

The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness was launched in March 2007, with an eye toward enhancing U.S. security and competitiveness through modernization of the export control system. The US needs an export control regime that is rigorous, transparent, predictable and efficient in order to meet the security and economic challenges of the 21st century. The Coalition’s member associations 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 Fasteners 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. More information about the coalition can be found at www.securityandcompetitiveness.org.