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Trade and Industry Leaders Urge President Obama to Reform Outdated U.S. Export Control System
Date: 7/13/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

New Policies Needed to Maintain U.S. Competitiveness and Strengthen National Security
Washington, DC – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and the Coalition for Employment Through Exports (CEE) today, on behalf of the Coalition for Security and Competitiveness (CSC), wrote President Obama urging the Administration to lead an initiative to fundamentally reform the outdated U.S. export control system. The CSC was initially formed in 2007 by eight leading trade and industry organizations to provide recommendations for enhancing both security and competitiveness through modernization of U.S. export controls.

"Our increasingly out-of-date export controls on American-origin dual-use and defense technologies are adversely affecting our country's leadership and competitiveness in several fields, as a committee of the National Research Council recently concluded. There is mounting evidence of a resulting impact on national defense, according to several Defense Department reports," wrote the associations.

"We believe that action by your Administration is urgently needed to adopt new policies to govern U.S. export controls and new administrative regulations and procedures to streamline export licensing and compliance requirements," the letter continued. Highlighting the importance of presidential leadership and a sustained effort by senior government officials, the associations noted that only high-level direction will lead to "meaningful and lasting improvements."

"The United States needs a 21st century export control system and administrative procedures that carefully balance our national security and ability to maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy," said NFTC President Bill Reinsch, a former Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Clinton Administration. "That balance can be achieved, but we first have to take the appropriate steps toward substantive reform."

In addition to the NFTC and CEE, CSC members include the Aerospace Industries Association, the Association of American Exporters and Importers, the AMT - Association for Manufacturing Technology, Business Roundtable, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Industrial Fastener Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Satellite Industry Association, The Space Foundation, TechAmerica and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

To read the full text of the letter, click here.

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