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 …

Cuban Regime Uses Brown Sugar to Hide Weapons in a North Korean Ship

The Cuban regime claims that the missile parts recently found hidden in crates of brown sugar on a North Korean ship belong to them. If we take the Cubans at their word, the missile and radar systems were shipped to North Korea for repairs. That is the Cuban version of events and they are sticking …

Export Control Reform, Proliferation Concerns Raised

In today’s Washington Times, Bill Gertz penned an interesting item missing from the public debate on reforms to the export control system being implemented by the Obama Administration: According to congressional aides, the administration has prevented U.S. intelligence agencies from conducting comprehensive assessments of the security impact of the export decontrol plan. Prevented? In the …

Pennsylvania Company Fined for Alleged US Export Control Law Violations

Analytical Technology, Inc. (ATI) of Collegeville, Pennsylvania was in a little hot water with the U.S. Government over the alleged export of items to the United Arab Emirates that are controlled for export for chemical and biological proliferation reasons. According to documents released last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and …

Export Controls Voyeurism, Taiwan and Iran

Earlier today I was reading posts on Andrea Viski’s Nuclear Export Controls blog, and eventually found my way to item on another site related to Taiwan export control issues and Iran. There is a short story in today’s Tapei Times based on a recently-released WikiLeaks cable. The article, US worried over Taiwan’s exports to Iran, offers a …

Congress to Tackle Export Controls and Oversight of the Reform Process

In less than two weeks Members of Congress will, finally, join in on the export control reform dialogue that the Obama Administration initiated in August 2009. The Export Control Reform Initiative (ECR Initiative) builds upon an inter-agency review process and is supposed “to enhance U.S. national security and strengthen the United States’ ability to counter threats …

Around Town …

Republicans won control this week of 1/3 control of the federal political branches.  The new Congress is months from being sworn in, but opinionsalreadyaplenty what all this will mean in the foreign affairs and national security law and public policy arena. Word around town is that State Department/DDTC will publish something soon on the dual-nationals issue. …