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US Munitions Export Overhaul Takes Effect

Department of the statesNew policies governing U.S. exports of defense- and space-related products and services went into effect Tuesday.

These updated regulations intended to move less sensitive technologies on the State Department‘s Munitions List to the Commerce Control List and aims to simplify the export licensing process for U.S. allies and partners, the department said Tuesday.

Additionally, the reform seeks to strengthen the U.S. aerospace and defense industrial base, which accounts for more than $20 billion in exports per year.

Another set of USML categories is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 6 and will cover military vehicles, submarines, vessels and auxiliary military equipment.

The export overhaul is part of the Obama administration’s effort to regulate technologies that are intended for national security and foreign policy missions.

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