Obama Moves Ahead With Export Reform Effort

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Obama Repeats Call for Export Control Reform
Space News

The White House said in a news release following the speech that details of the new National Export Initiative will be announced in the coming weeks, but the release indicated that the effort includes the creation of the President’s Export Promotion Cabinet and an enhancement of funding for key export promotion programs…

Earlier that day, Defense Secretary Gates and other members of Obama’s cabinet were on Capitol Hill to brief leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees on the president’s ambitious plans to dramatically reform the U.S. export control system. Senior members of Obama’s cabinet who attended the meeting include National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher and others, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said during a Defense Department news conference later that day.

During the press conference, Morrell said that while the Pentagon has traditionally been reluctant to do more than tinker with existing export rules and regulations, “Gates is committed to working with the interagency, and with the Congress for that matter, to make meaningful and lasting changes to our export controls.”

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