Pentagon Seeks to Loosen Some Export Restrictions

April 18, 2012

A Pentagon report on Wednesday recommended loosening U.S. export controls on "hundreds of thousands" of items used to build communications satellites and remote sensing equipment, while maintaining or tightening controls on exports to China, Iran and other countries.

Greg Schulte, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said the changes, if approved by Congress, would help make U.S. industry more competitive internationally at a time when defense budgets are declining.

"There are hundreds of thousands of items that we think can move off the U.S. munitions list, allowing U.S. industry to compete more effectively globally in those areas," Schulte told a news conference at a space conference in Colorado. 

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