Export Control Policy in the Age of Globalization: The View From The Defense Industry
Recorded on October 19, 2006
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The defense industrial base is now operating in a global
economy. In order to meet the needs of the warfighter, the
Department of Defense acquires goods and services from an
industrial base that includes foreign suppliers. Further, the
Department has an interest in seeing that U.S. allies have access
to weapons and equipment that will allow them to fight effectively
and efficiently with U.S. forces. On the other hand, the U.S. has
an enduring interest in seeing that advanced defense technologies
do not fall into the wrong hands and thereby become a threat to
both the U.S. and its allies. At the core of the effort to prevent
the improper diversion of defense technologies is the arms export
control policy of the U.S. Today's circumstances, however, raise
the question whether the U.S. needs to reform its export control
policy at the legislative level in order to ensure a reliable
supply of advanced defense technologies at a reasonable price and
provide access to U.S. allies of select weapons and equipment. Our
panel of highly qualified specialists from defense industry will
seek to provide answers to this pressing question.
Join us as we discuss the options for legislative reform of U.S.
arms export control policy.