A Step Forward in Reforming the U.S. Arms Export Control Process

On March 6, the Coalition for Security and Competitivenessproposed a set of reforms to the process that regulates the export of armaments. This proposal would not change underlying arms export control policies or laws but only attempt to make the existing policies work more effectively and efficiently. Reform is appropriate because the arms export control process, including the licensing process, is largely a product of the Cold War and is poorly positioned to meet the security needs of the United States to fight and win the war on Islamic terrorists. The coalition’s proposal deserves serious consideration by the Bush Administration.

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