Around town …

The UK Daily Mail reports that SIS’s website is rife with typographical errors.  In some of the examples provided, an export controls officer says: ‘As I do not have the technical background this job has been challenging, but the section has aproachable experts.’  The paper says the typos raise serious questions about their ability to check simple facts.

In a speech in town last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke said “our export control system must adapt to America’s changing security needs without inhibiting the competitiveness of U.S. companies and institutions. That competitiveness is critical to our economic and national security.”  The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness has a few good suggestions.

If policymakers and staff in Congress ever decide to engage in meaningful export control reforms, they should first read the latest Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive’s Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage.  The U.S. “remains a prime target for foreign economic collection and industrial espionage as a result of U.S. worldwide technological and business leadership.”  At least 108 countries – friend and foe – seek access to U.S. dual-use and military technology.  One hopes people who claim to be “in the know” on these issues in Congress are reading reports such as these, closely, before launch pan-export control reform.

David Fulghum writes that longer legs for the Japanese military were helped, in part, by relaxed export controls that allowed Japanese and U.S. industry to work together to develop a ballistic missile defense force.

An EUM Bellwether? India/US Arms Deals Faced Crunch Over Conditions.

The State Department published a web notice in response to the United States-India Technology Safeguards Agreement which “effectively changes U.S. Government (USG) policy to permit the launch of civil or non-commercial satellites containing U.S. ITAR-controlled components on Indian space launch vehicles.”  According to the notice, “civil or non-commercial satellites” does not include commercial satellites (communications or otherwise).  Commercial satellites will continue to be subject to a presumption of denial.”

Mexico:  economics and the arms trade.

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