Heritage Foundation: Export Controls and the Hard Case of China

A warning to the reader. The following post is one of those that my friends will look at me and say, what? English my friend, English. In other words, Beltway gobbledygook. If you have been following the Obama Administration’s export control reform process, you are familiar with the proposed four reform singularities: one export control …

American Paid to Take U.S. Foreign Service Exam … by Chinese Agents

Want to take the U.S. Foreign Service Exam but have not money?  Well, did you know you could apply for a Chinese Government loan to prepare for it?  Indeed.  No interest payments or need to payback the loan, at least not with cash.  All you need to do is sell classified information to Beijing and the …

Colorado Company Settles St. Patrick’s Day Export Control Surprise

The Rocky Mount Instrument (“RMI”) company yesterday pled guilty to one count of violating U.S. export control laws.  The court sentenced the company to five years probation and a $1 million fine. “Today’s guilty plea and sentencing against RMI illustrates that illegally exporting sensitive U.S. technology is a crime taken seriously by the U.S. Government,” said …

Around Town …

A May 31, 2010 United Nations IAEA report may bolster case for advocates of a new round of Iran sanctions.  The findings state that Iran has enough fuel for two nuclear weapons.  The question for those of us who follow these issues in D.C. remains: will the Obama Administration focus on the UN track or …

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On the resignation of DNI Blair, Frank Gaffney  penend this week, Don’t Stop with the DNI.  Gaffney says, “[w]hile the exact reasons for Admiral Blair’s departure have yet to be fully explained, chances are they involved frustrations he and others felt with the office of DNI and its dysfunctional relationship to the rest of the intelligence community …

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The Western Sahara Research Watch (WSRW) has kept open an online petition urging the European Commission to cease granting licenses to EU vessels fishing the waters off the coast of the Western Sahara.  “No state in the world has recognised the Moroccan annexation of Western Sahara. Still, the EU is paying millions of Euros annually …

For Outer Space: “Not” Made-in-China

When President Obama visited China last week he announced that the “United States and China look forward to expanding discussions on space science cooperation and starting a dialogue on human space flight and space exploration … the two sides believed that the two countries have common interests in promoting the peaceful use of outer space …