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A Chance To Fix ITAR?

At the NewSpace 2007 luncheon on Thursday, the speaker was Ed Morris, the head of the Office of Commercial Space at the Department of Commerce. In response to a question from Dave Huntsman, he indicated that there might be a possibility of alleviating the situation. Jeff Foust reported on it at the time, and Dave has an interesting comment there, with which I agree. I also agree that while new legislation would help, it's not necessary to fix some of the things, despite what Morris said.

As I noted on a panel at the Space Access Conference in March, I would like to see the burden of proof shifted for whether or not an item should be on the munitions list. The current standard is guilty until proven innocent. I think that it should be the other way around. And it is encouraging to see some recognition at the Pentagon that the cure is worse than the disease. It has alway been a much more realistic position to "mend it, not end it," than to simply demand that there be no export controls, and the argument that, in its current implementation, it's actually damaging our security will be a useful one with its most staunch defenders, such as Duncan Hunter.

Posted by Rand Simberg at July 23, 2007 06:55 AM
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