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|AIAA Applauds Satellite Export Control Reforms in FY13 National Defense Authorization Act
Act Restores President’s Authority to Approve Satellite Exports
December 24, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) applauds the satellite export control language contained in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act passed last week by Congress, which restores the President’s authority to approve the export of satellite technology.
“AIAA applauds the new satellite export control language contained within the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. By moving satellite export control back to the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Control List, the bill reforms key barriers hampering development of the satellite industry in the United Sates, and imperiling our community’s competitiveness in the world marketplace,” said AIAA executive director Sandra H. Magnus. “These reforms will allow the American aerospace industry to rebuild its lost market share, and to begin the intellectual exchanges needed to empower future innovations within the field of satellite technology. AIAA has always been a strong advocate for reform of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regime, and we are happy to see those reforms come to fruition.”
The FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act removes satellites from the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Munitions List, and returns them to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commerce Control List, thereby restoring the President’s authority to approve sales of U.S. satellites and technology. This makes it considerably easy for U.S. satellite manufacturers to sell technology overseas, as well as making international collaboration on satellite technology less difficult than it had been under the previous ITAR regime.
To read the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013” please visit: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20121217/CRPT-112HRPT-705.pdf. The satellite-specific language is contained within Title XII, Subtitle E, sections 1261–1267, beginning on page 986.
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