Commerce Secretary Urges Export Control Reforms

Law360, New York (October 2, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT) -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has proposed reforms to U.S. export controls, saying the current system is outdated and unnecessarily puts U.S. technology firms at a significant disadvantage to foreign rivals.

In a speech at the Bureau of Industry and Security's Update Conference on Export Controls Thursday, Secretary Locke argued that it was important to free U.S. companies from a set of rules that no longer had relevance to U.S. security needs, while still ensuring that national security concerns remain paramount.

The current export control system...
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