Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms: Advancing U.S. Army Interests

Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms: Advancing U.S. Army Interests
Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms: Advancing U.S. Army Interests
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Reducing U.S. Defense Export Inefficiencies and Weaknesses to Advance U.S. Army Interests

The U.S. defense export system needs further major reforms to reduce inefficiencies and weaknesses. Although the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) do help prevent potential foreign adversaries from using U.S. arms against the United States and its allies, the Regulations, as enforced, can weaken U.S. national security in other important ways. For example, by excessively impeding defense exports, the ITAR makes it more difficult for U.S. firms to sustain core U.S. defense technological and industrial advantages, decreases U.S. military interoperability with allies that purchase ITAR-free weapons from other sources, and generates other undesirable effects for the U.S. Army and U.S. national security.



RICHARD WEITZ is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia, as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. An expert at Wikistrat, Dr. Weitz is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Before joining Hudson in 2005, he worked for shorter terms at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Defense Science Board, Harvard University, other research institutions, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Weitz has authored or edited several books and monographs, including Turkey’s New Regional Security Role: Implications For The United States (2014); Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st-Century Strategy (2013); Global Security Watch—China (2013); two volumes of National Security Case Studies (2012 and 2008); War and Governance: International Security in a Changing World Order (2011); The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow (2010); Global Security Watch—Russia (2009); China-Russia Security Relations (2008); Mismanaging Responds to Crisis (2008); The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis (2007); and Revitalising U.S.–Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures (2005). Dr. Weitz holds a B.A. with highest honors in government from Harvard College, a M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics, an M.Phil. in politics from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

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Exporters: The Wit and Wisdom of Small Businesspeople Who Sell Globally --print format can be found here: --ePub format can be found here: and here: --MOBI format can be found here:

Export Administration Regulations (EAR) 2016 can be found here:

Exporting and Foreign Trade collection can be found here:



Customs brokers, exporters, defense contractors, foreign defense manufacturers, and defense exporting regulators would be most interested in this volume. Additionally, students pursuing coursework in import-export degree programs and trade compliance certificates could find great use in this volume. Military science and defense procurement and acquisition practitioners, supervisors, and advocates will want this resource that discusses the reform of the defense export control regulations and system.

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  • Export controls, United States
  • Arms transfers, Law and legislation, United States
  • Defense industries, United States
  • National security, United States
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