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The Defense Department, after a two-year delay, released a report April 18 urging Congress to lift restrictions on satellite exports, and some experts – as well as the so-called 1248 report – say failure to do so could pose a threat to national security.
Currently satellites and related equipment are governed under the U.S. Munitions List, but the report advises control of satellites be transferred to the Commerce Department and that decision-making be handed over to the White House.
...the report advises control of satellites be transferred to the Commerce Department and that decision-making be handed over to the White House.
“This is one small step for export control reform, but if Congress is going to take a giant leap, that remains to be seen,” said Mike Gold, director of D.C. operations and business growth at Bigelow Aerospace. “It’s a matter of priority, and that’s a problem with the legislative process. But the rules desperately need updating for today’s technical and geopolitical reality.”