Inert US Hellfire Missile Ends Up in Cuba

How did an inert U.S. Hellfire missile, loaded with high-end technology, travel from Europe to, get this, Cuba? According to an unnamed U.S. government official quoted in the Wall Street Journal, mistakes happen. That is unacceptable. That type of thinking is what led to the terrorist attacks of 09/11. The Wall Street Journal reports: an inert U.S. Hellfire …

ABA Ad Hoc Coalition Submits Comments to USG on Proposed Revisions of US Export Control Regulations

The Ad Hoc Coalition for Effective Export Control Reform (“CEECR”) submitted, on August 3, the embedded document to the U.S. Department of Commerce,Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Controls (“DDTC”) in response to proposed revisions to certain definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms …

The Embargo and Encryption Export Controls Will Limit U.S. Exports to Communist Cuba

Data encryption technology is embedded in a wide-range of electronic products such as mobile devices and healthcare technologies. It is also important for a wide-array of services requiring security and privacy such as financial transactions and healthcare. But this is bigger than that and it will soon impact the proposed easing of U.S. sanctions on …

Iran Efforts to Circumvent U.S. Export Control Laws Pay Off, Eventually

Haaretz reported yesterday that the Iranian Air Force had fired up at least one U.S.-made Phantom fighter in the battle against radical Islamic terrorism. According to Haaretz: The Iranian Air Force is bombing Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside Iraqi territory. It is an intensification of Iran’s military involvement on the side of the Shia regime …

Encryption Export Controls, More to Come, and Likely Needed

It had been a while since I had seen a administrative fine imposed on a U.S. company for the unlawful of export of encryption technology. According to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security press release posted earlier this week: Wind River Systems of Alameda, Calif., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, has agreed to …

Bitcoin’s DC Presence, Growing Pains and Falling Behind in DC

The more I understand about Bitcoin and virtual currencies, as well as how it is supposed to work, the more I like it. It will not replace traditional money anytime soon, however, it will likely become a serious means of legal e-tender in the not too distant future. You should be excited too. It’s one of …

Morning Musings

The Washington Post: “Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed a directive that bars intelligence officials from talking to the media about their area of expertise without permission. But it took a month for the press and civil liberties groups to notice.” Not sure why this is news, but there you have it. In somewhat related news, …