The U.S. State Department has released new regulations that shift less-sensitive military electronic equipment, parts and components from Category XI of the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Department’s Commerce Control List.
These changes, which are part of the White House’s Export Control Reform Initiative, “enhance our national security by increasing interoperability with our close allies and partners,” the State and Commerce departments said in a statement.
The departments also said the changes “reduce incentives for purchasers to deliberately avoid U.S.-origin parts and components. As a result of these changes, the United States will have greater visibility on arms transfers and end-uses of concern, including human rights abuses.”
The changes take effect Dec. 30.
The Export Control Reform Initiative overhauls the nation's Cold War-era regulations on exports of controlled technologies.
“Changes to Category XI were based on exhaustive technical and policy reviews conducted by the departments of State, Defense and Commerce, as well as representatives from other relevant departments and agencies. These reforms were also developed in close consultation with Congress and the private sector, which provided extensive public review and comment on the proposed changes,” the departments said.
The regulatory changes were published in the July 1 issue of the Federal Register