The Editor of The Space Review recently penned a piece on export control reforms and the space industry that is worth a read. It summarizes remarks made at a recent conference by senior Congressional staff on the status of various reform measures being considered by the Congress.
Regardless of how much interest there may be to reform the process, the China card and other national security concerns will continue to haunt satellite export control reform in both the House and Senate. This particular process is a good example of why overall export control “reform” efforts of any kind never seems to get anywhere. Folks just want to do too much, to fast rather than approach it in piecemeal fashion with the existing legal authorities.
Should the focus really be on amending the ITAR or EAR at the Congressional level? Not likely. The current challenge in the satellite area is more a policy question on threats to U.S. national security if certain technology was to end up in the hands of countries that should not have it. This is an ongoing discussion and, as such, Congressional “reform” may make matters more complicated for U.S. companies.
Read The Space Review article, here.