25 February 2002
The Honorable John H. Marburger,
Dear Dr. Marburger:
On behalf of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-United States of America (IEEE-USA), I am writing to urge your prompt attention to an issue of considerable importance, the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 C.F. R. Part 120, et. seq. As you are aware, the FY 2002 VA/HUD appropriations conference report states that, "The conferees agree that the Office of Science and Technology Policy should make the clarification of ITAR a high priority for resolution." IEEE-USA heartily endorses this request and offers the following specific recommendations:
I would like to request a meeting, at your convenience, for our representatives to further discuss this issue and how we can be of assistance.
The goal of ITAR is to control the export and import of defense articles and services vital to our national security and other national interests. However, as currently structured, implementation of ITAR is too complex and places unnecessary restrictions on the flow of commercially relevant technology, systems and information in areas that are already well known to our adversaries. The varied interpretations and inconsistent enforcement of ITAR by the federal agencies involved is impeding U.S. competitiveness in key technology areas. Because of ITAR's vague definition of the information to be controlled, the free flow of scholarly information is also interrupted. IEEE has seen instances where speakers have withdrawn from technical conferences and research was withheld from publication in IEEE technical proceedings because of ITAR uncertainties. I sincerely appreciate your help in addressing this important matter. (Please find enclosed a letter concerning this matter that IEEE-USA sent to President George Bush on August 28 2001.)
IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc, created in 1973 to promote the careers and public policy interests of the more than 230,000 electrical, electronics, computer and software engineers who are U.S. members of the IEEE. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Bill Williams at (202) 785-0017 ext. 8331, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeEarl A. Bryant, P.E.
25 Feb. 2002
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.