[eagle] Report released on harmful ITAR effects to US space industry

Daniel Schultz n8fgv at usa.net
Sat Feb 23 07:19:23 PST 2008

The Center for Strategic and International Studies has released a report
titled "Health of the U.S. Space Industrial Base and the Impact of Export
Controls", available at:


The Aerospace Industries Association states that the report "provides
quantifiable evidence that the U.S. space industrial base has been weakened by
U.S. export control policy for commercial satellites and their components.
Based on a government survey of more than 200 U.S. companies, the report
concludes that second- and third-tier suppliers, the source of much
innovation, have been hit especially hard since export sales are vital to help
offset their significant investments in research and development. The report
identifies practical recommendations to improve controls on commercial
satellites and components while still ensuring these technologies are
protected appropriately."

Some particularly relevant passages:

Finding 9: Some elements of the export controls laws are in conflict with US
National Space Policy.

Finding 6: The current export control policy has not prevented the rise of
foreign space capabilities and in some cases has encouraged it.

Finding 11: The US is the only country that classifies commercial
communications satellites as "munitions".

Dan Schultz N8FGV

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