The Department of Defense announced today the release of a major report on space export control policy. Congress requested this report from the secretaries of defense and state in Section 1248 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84).
The report summarizes a DoD and State Department risk assessment of U.S. space export control policy, which concludes that most communication and lower performing remote sensing satellites and related components can be moved from the United States Munitions List (USML) to the Commerce Control List (CCL) without harm to national security.
The report also recommends that Congress return to the president authority to determine the export control jurisdictional status of satellites and related items. It further recommends that DoD be provided authority to apply appropriate monitoring and other export control measures to individual cases, in order to most effectively reduce risks to national security.