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Rapid Fire August 14, 2012: CCL/USML Merger Plans

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* At a panel hosted by the Center for the National Interest, Grover Norquist argued against any tax increases to sustain what he views as an excessively interventionist foreign policy. Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, got many Republican congressmen to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. Some – Lindsay Graham comes to mind – are getting cold feet now that sequestration’s effect on defense budgets is getting close, but Norquist argues they are few and isolated. * This comes as observers are trying to read what Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate means for defense budgets. * The US Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published the comments [PDF] they received from industry representatives in response to their suggested transition plan to eventually merge the Commerce Control List (CCL) and United States Munitions List (USML). Contractors and trade groups remain concerned that, while export control reform goals are laudable, they may get bogged down by implementation and interpretation difficulties. * The recent AUVSI 2012 tradeshow had more action on small UAVs – benefiting from smaller payloads – than larger systems. Shorter-term opportunity may reside in the US Navy rather than […]

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