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Viewpoint: Industrial Base Should Prepare for Export Control Reforms

National Defense Magazine

In this article, author Christopher Stagg discussed the upcoming regulatory reforms made public by the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the agency responsible for administering the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The last significant revisions to the ITAR took place in early 2020, when many civilian type firearms and related components were moved to the U.S. Department of Commerce's export control regulations. "As part of the announced reforms, most significantly, the State Department intends to engage in a thorough review of the U.S. Munitions List (USML), which is a listing of 21 categories that enumerates or otherwise describes the items – such as hardware, software, services, and data – that are subject to the ITAR," Stagg wrote, adding "that review will primarily consider the 'technology frontier' to determine whether any 'critical and emerging technologies' should be included to the list and therefore subject to the ITAR." The State Department is expected to announce that broad technology-based review formally in the Federal Register sometime this year. "Regardless of the individual impact from these intended reforms, it is evident that the winds will soon pick up regarding ongoing International Traffic in Arms Regulations developments, in contrast to the last few years that saw little such regulatory activity," Stagg said.