Advanced U.S. Defense Toys May Be In Hands of Syrian Rebels

Whose arming the Free Syrian Army? According to a sparsely sourced story at the Daily Caller today, could be the United States. I would usually not post these items, however, it is rare to see a story citing export controls, much less the International Traffic in Arms Regulations popularly known to legal practitioners and policy …

BAE Arms Export Brokering Case Should Serve as Wake Up Call

Most Americans have no idea about the arcane world of export controls, economic sanctions, or any of the many other national security laws that regulate U.S. commercial business. It can be drier than the tax code. While it may not make the headlines, it is the thing of many a Hollywood thriller. Just this week, …

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Over at the Export Law Blog a nice jab at the State Department’s definition of what should constitute a “defense service” under U.S. law. A gut feeling though, this rule is not going to die an easy death. I think the media, and the Obama Administration, spent too much time yesterday on the birther issue. Fox’s …

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ITAR-free satellites? The Washington Post recently penned an item on export control reform efforts underway. There were no U.S. government officials quoted on or off the record for that piece, however, there is a related article quoting an unnamed NSC official that the ” ‘effort is focused on controlling fewer parts and components. Additionally, the …

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Reminder, State Department issues proposed ITAR export control rule for replacement Parts/Components and Incorporated Articles. Miami bank owned by Ecuadorean Government fined $7m for failing to comply with Bank Secrecy Act rules. US Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Curtiss-Wright Corp. requests export license for nuclear reactor components. State Department notice: Defense Trade Advisory Group is scheduled to …

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National security experts discuss how radical Muslims may be using Shari’ah to subvert U.S. law and interests. The Tech Apps Group blog most recent post, “Lessons Learned from Blackwater,” is worth a read.  “Like a broken record, I’m always saying that you had better get expert help in order to ensure you are following the export …

An Export Control Potemkin Village

For weeks now numerous Obama Administration officials have been delivering speeches that they are busy at work reforming what they call “outdated” U.S. export control laws.  Outside input has been limited to a very select group of industry and like-minded academic types. Even key Congressional Committees have been kept out of the substantive loop. Better the …