A review of government reports on previous use of license exemptions shows that Iran, China and Libya exploited these exemptions to obtain U.S. weapons and spare parts. More exemptions increases the risk of unauthorized transfers and that’s why Congress must act to mitigate the increased risk of U.S. arms reaching Iran.
Supporters of the Obama Administration’s arms export control reform initiative frequently cite economic benefits – namely an increase in exports of U.S. defense products and resulting job creation. But a closer look raises questions about that claim.
In October 2013, the first batch of the Obama administration’s changes to the U.S. export control regime went into effect. Here are 10 questions that lawmakers and journalists should be asking about those changes.