Export Control Reform Panel Discussion in DC on Thursday

Here are some additional details on the FAA COMSTAC Working Groups meetings being held later this week. The event is free and open to the public.

EVENT:  Export Control Reform Panel Discussion- Brian Nilsson, National Security Council Professional Staff Member, will provide a briefing on the Administration’s current export control reform plans and strategy.  Also participating in the panel will be Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) an important voice on Capitol Hill on the topic of export control reform, and Remy Nathan, Vice President for International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association, who will provide the business perspective.

The panel discussion will begin promptly at 8:30 am on Thursday, Oct. 13th, at the National Housing Center, located at 1201 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC (near the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and 15th Street).

This panel discussion should provide attendees with invaluable insight into the latest in the ongoing export control reform effort and the likely Congressional reaction to the Obama Administration’s most recent plans.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information please contact Mike Gold at [email protected] or by phone at (240) 235-6016.  The panel discussion will not be streamed or webcast.

AIA Applauds Administration’s Export Reform Rule Proposal

AIA PR — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes the administration’s proposed rule to relieve low-risk technology exports of burdensome and unnecessary restrictions.

“For years the U.S. export control system has created confusion and delay in exporting defense equipment to our allies and driven up compliance costs across the industrial base,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “These reforms are common sense ways of supporting our military partners and our export competitiveness.”


Satellite Sector Encouraged by Obama’s Approach to ITAR, Commercial Procurement

Commercial Satellite Sector Sees Upside to New Space Policy Hopeful of ITAR Reform, Greater Stake in U.S. Roadmap for Space
Satellite Today

The Obama Administration’s new space policy brings an increased emphasis to the commercial satellite industry as a key player in the future space roadmap. Specifically, the policy calls on government space-based agencies to look first to commercial assets – a strategy that it hopes will lead to faster innovation and more economical access to space while fostering international collaboration and shared risk-taking.


AIA Praises Obama Administration’s New Export Reform Intiatives


President Obama presented a series of initiatives at today’s meeting of the President’s Export Council chaired by W. James McNerney, Jr. of The Boeing Company to speed the progress of export control modernization. McNerney is the chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of the company.

The announcement included the launch of a process to revise the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and Commerce Control List (CCL), along with the results of a first attempt at revising export controls on military vehicles, proposals to eliminate Commerce licensing requirements for low sensitivity, dual-use exports to close partners and allies and establishment of a consolidated list of entities that require extra scrutiny by U.S. companies before exporting.


Obama Paves Way for Deeper Cooperation With India

ISRO's PSLV-C15 rocket
ISRO's PSLV-C15 rocket lifts off with five satellites aboard on July 12, 2010.

Curbs on DRDO, ISRO go
Deccan Herald

US President Barack Obama on Saturday made the much-awaited announcement of taking important Indian defence and space research institutions like the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamics Limited off the high-tech ban list.

Speaking at an Indo-US business meeting, Obama said the “dual-use” rules, by which high-tech exports by American manufacturers to the DRDO and ISRO are banned, would be amended and updated. The “dual use” refers to technology that can be utilised for both civilian and defence purposes.


AIA, AIAA Applaud as Obama Administration Moves Forward on ITAR Reform

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) have both applauded efforts announced this week by the Obama Administration to continue reforming the nation’s restrictive ITAR export reform laws.

“AIAA applauds President Obama’s recently announced changes to the ITAR policy that will consolidate the export review process under one agency, and will better enable the flow of U.S. products into the international marketplace without compromising national security,” said AIAA President Mark Lewis.


ESA Becoming More Independent in Propulsion Technologies to Avoid U.S. ITAR Restrictions

Space News has more evidence of the damage that restrictive export laws are having on U.S. high technology companies:

The European Space Agency (ESA) is promoting the creation of European expertise in certain propulsion technologies to avoid technology-transfer roadblocks associated with U.S. components even if the U.S. hardware is substantially less expensive, ESA officials said.


Space Florida Acquires Rights to Two Launch Complexes


Space Florida is pleased to announce that it has secured Real Property Licenses for Space Launch Complexes 46 and 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a result, the 45th Space Wing now grants Space Florida full rights to proceed with construction and refurbishment work at either launch location.


Obama Moves Ahead With Export Reform Effort


Obama Repeats Call for Export Control Reform
Space News

The White House said in a news release following the speech that details of the new National Export Initiative will be announced in the coming weeks, but the release indicated that the effort includes the creation of the President’s Export Promotion Cabinet and an enhancement of funding for key export promotion programs…


AIA Praises Obama’s Statements on Export Control Reform, Trade Policies


Statement by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

We’re very pleased that President Obama is making it a priority this year to double exports, enforce trade agreements and reform export controls consistent with national security. Trade expansion and export control modernization are longtime priorities of AIA and recognition of their importance by the President sets a positive tone for action this year.


Obama Makes Export Reform a Top Priority

Space News reports that President Barack Obama has made export control reform a key priority for the new year.

U.S. President Barack Obama has directed his administration to recommend by no later than Jan. 29 steps leading to an overhaul of the U.S. export control regime, according to a presidential directive signed Dec. 21.


U.S. Satellite Export Control Reform Advancing in Congress

AIA Presses Obama on Export-Control Reform
Space News

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to introduce legislation this month that could lead to a House-Senate conference next year in what lawmakers consider language-easing restrictions on U.S. commercial communications satellite exports.


U.S. Export Laws Hamper Canadian Space Effort

canadaflagCanada’s space program hampered by U.S. laws
The Kingston Whig Standard

Canada’s space program has lots of ideas and commercial potential, but one of the big things holding it back is the lack of a Canadian launch program, the Canadian Space Summit was told over the weekend.

Also, both the military and civilian space research programs in Canada are hobbled by the fact that the country needs to rely on rockets launched by India, China or Russia, over which the U. S. holds wide-ranging veto powers.


AIA Statement on Obama Administration’s ITAR Review


President Obama announced yesterday that he is directing the National Security Council and the National Economic Council to undertake a comprehensive review of the U.S. export control system.

“This is a very welcome development,” said AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey. “AIA has been a long-standing proponent of a more predictable, efficient and transparent U.S. export control system.