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TSR: The uphill battle for export control reform

From a recent edition of The Space Review:  “One of the most persistent calls for change in space policy in the US in recent years has revolved around export control. Current law puts virtually most space hardware under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), an acronym that has become figuratively and literally a four-letter word in the industry given the costs, delays, and general uncertainty involved in dealing with those regulations. There’s no shortage of horror stories among companies who have run into ITAR when dealing with seemingly innocuous components, and a growing stack of studies that conclude that ITAR has put US companies at a disadvantage in the global market and spurred other countries to develop their own versions of protected components.”  Read the complete post here.

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