Reforming Defense Export Controls Could Unite Obama, GOP Congress

President Barack Obama with House Speaker John Boehner at the  White House in Washington, Nov. 7, 2014 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Barack Obama with House Speaker John Boehner at the White House in Washington, Nov. 7, 2014 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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In the aftermath of the U.S. midterm congressional elections, the Obama administration’s ability to work with the new Republican-majority Congress has become a central question. One area where such cooperation will be crucial is in reforming export controls on defense equipment and technology. The Obama administration has made this a priority issue since assuming office in 2009, and this year some of its export control reform initiative has finally begun to achieve visible gains. But the administration’s ability to advance reforms alone is limited. Now Congress, newly united under the control of a single party, must step in and augment […]

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