Background

The State Department and the Bureau of Industry and Security are accepting comments through March 15 on the impact of imposing additional license requirements on exports of certain infrared detection items.

BIS is seeking comments on the foreign availability of the subject items as well as the effect the tighter controls would have on U.S. national security or foreign policy interests, U.S. export performance, the competitive position of the U.S. in the international economy, the international reputation of the U.S. as a supplier of goods and technology, or the economic wellbeing of individual U.S. companies. This includes comments addressing the competitive advantage of U.S. companies vis-à-vis non-U.S. companies, any impacts to the technological edge of U.S. companies, and whether these changes would influence assembly and integration activities inside and outside of the U.S. Public comments should also state whether or not foreign availability exists for items subject to potential additional controls and, to the extent that it does, describe such foreign availability in detail.

State is seeking comments on alternatives to controls on certain items when specially designed for a military end-user, the scope of the control in paragraph (b)(1) of category XII of the U.S. Munitions List (on all laser target designators and coded target markers that can mediate the delivery of ordnance to a target), and certain technical parameters it is evaluating to replace “specially designed” controls.

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