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The Future of Export Control Policy: Protecting Sensitive Technologies and Promoting a Healthy Defense Industrial Base

Recorded on March 17, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Globalization is altering the structure of the defense industrial base. While globalization presents the government with expanded opportunities for obtaining the goods and services it needs to field the best fighting force in the world, it also carries significant risks regarding the release of sensitive technologies to those who may intend harm to the United States. Economic globalization and the more dynamic structure of international relations after the Cold War are making the task of fashioning an effective policy to control the commodities and technologies U.S. industry may otherwise export increasingly complex. The complexity is compounded by the fact that the Department of Defense is seeking broader allied participation in the acquisition of advanced defense systems. Where should the U.S. government draw the line between what it will allow industry to export and what it will protect? Our guest experts will examine the issues surrounding the relationship between export controls and maintaining a healthy defense industrial base.