Specifically, the group proposes reform achieving the following objectives:
“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 aset 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 clickhere.
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.