After making the case for reform, Reinsch outlined the business community’s key principles for reform, developed by the Coalition for Security and Competitiveness (CSC), a group of companies and associations representing aerospace and high tech companies, and the Export Control Working Group, composed of many of the same companies, practitioners and seasoned compliance experts. The principles recommend that any reform effort should draw clear lines of agency responsibility and ensure accountability; pursue controls and enforcement in partnership with the business community rather than as adversaries; keep pace with technology change and the development of global supply chains by revising and reducing control lists; enhance cooperation with our allies and rely on multilateral controls; and complete the transition to an end user based system by developing procedures for trusted end users and exporters.
In addition, Reinsch pointed out that the “higher fences around a smaller number of items” concept should play a key role in the development of the reforms, and that the reform “process needs to be based on a constantly updated understanding of technology changes here in the United States and overseas.” While not advocating radical reorganization of the interagency process, Reinsch stated that the “process for making commodity jurisdiction decisions must be regularized,” and that “in order to improve allied cooperation, we need to take the multilateral regimes seriously.” He also endorsed the prompt implementation of a number of thoughtful proposals made over the past year or two – the intracompany transfer, expansion of the Validated End User program, project licenses for munitions exports, Secretary Locke’s proposal to eliminate licensing requirements for NATO and other allies, and proposals for expedited treatment for trusted end users.
Reinsch concluded by stating that “taken together [the principles for reform] will realign the export control system with 21st century realities, better protect our security and at the same time enhance America’s ability to compete globally. We look forward to working with the Administration and the Congress to those ends.”
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