Around town …

The Treasury Department has updated the Specially Designated Nationals list.

A Congressional Committee held a hearing yesterday on export controls:  “The Export Administration Act: A Review of Outstanding Policy Considerations.”  Res Communis has posted the transcript of an earlier hearing on a similar issue by another House Committee, here.   Meanwhile …

A Chinese national was indicted this week “for conspiring to violate U.S. export law, following a nearly three-year investigation into his alleged efforts to acquire sensitive military and NSA-encryption gear from eBay and other internet sources.”

Another recent reminder why export controls are needed.  There are also gaps in the system.

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) told a Congressional Committee yesterday that “the interests of the United States are not served by encouraging the countries of the Middle East to accelerate their race for sensitive nuclear technologies” by engaging in nuclear cooperation with countries such as the United Arab Emirates.

It is never a good idea to politicize the intelligence oversight process. There is more than fifty years of evidence to support that idea.   At least one Democrat agrees.  Not everyone up there needs to know.  Many times on the Hill, a lot of this is driven by, pure and plain, political voyeurism.  It puts our security at risk.

An al-Qaeda plot to attack the Suez Canal reportedly successfully foiled by Egypt.

Evolution Robotics reports that it has been awarded a $1 million U.S. Navy contract to conduct “research on scaling visual recognition for maritime domain awareness,” including use in combating maritime piracy.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as a trade sanction?

While on the subject of trade sanctions, here is yet another reason why U.S.-Cuba sanctions need ratcheting up.

A note on cyber-warfare and security.

Finally, the State Department’s Western Hemisphere desk should take note of Honduran faux-testers.

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