EXPORT CONTROL CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED
WITH SECURING THE HOMELAND
Committee on Homeland Security and Export Controls
Development, Security, and Cooperation
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This study was supported by Contract/Grant No. HSHQDC-09-C-00126 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Homeland Security. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
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COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND EXPORT CONTROLS
William J. Schneider, Jr. (Cochair)
President, International Planning Services, Inc., Arlington, Virginia
Mitchel B. Wallerstein (Cochair)
President, Baruch College, City University of New York
Richard C. Barth
Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Tri Alpha Energy, Washington, D.C.
Larry E. Christensen
Lawyer, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, D.C.
Vincent F. DeCain
Managing Director, DeCain Group, Kensington, Maryland
Carol A. Fuchs
Counsel, International Trade Regulation, General Electric Company, Washington, D.C.
G. Christopher Griner
Partner, Kaye Scholer LLP, Washington, D.C.
Carol E. Kessler
Chair, Nonproliferation and National Security Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York
Martha A. Krebs
Executive Director, Energy and Environmental Research Development, University of California at Davis
Deanne C. Siemer
Managing Director, Wilsie Co. LLC, Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
William H. Tobey
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Christopher R. Wall
Partner, International Trade, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington, D.C.
Principal Project Staff
Patricia S. Wrightson, Study Director
Ethan N. Chiang, Program Officer
Neeraj P. Gorkhaly, Research Associate
Aaron Modiano, Research Associate (March–August 2010)
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By penetrating the security perimeter of the US air transportation network on September 11, 2001, nineteen Al Qaeda operatives succeeded in gaining access to and control of three commercial airliners. In their hands, these aircraft became weapons and killed almost three thousand people from more than 80 countries. The attacks instantly erased the security significance of distinctions between “domestic” and “foreign” threats, and changed—perhaps forever—the nature and scope of “national security” as a concept. Despite our formidable national defense establishment, the institutions created after the Second World War have proven inadequate to cope with the nature of modern security threats of the twenty-first century, as they expand from nation-states to sub-national groups employing asymmetric terrorist techniques to advance their aims.
In response to a broader concept of national security than classic “national defense,” the Congress created a new institution to address the emerging threat—the Department of Homeland Security, whose chief mission is to prevent terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland. However, the DHS has been saddled with the legal and regulatory legacy of the Cold War while attempting to deal with an entirely new set of security threats. This study focuses on one important dimension of this legal and regulatory legacy that affects directly the ability of the DHS to perform its mission—the nation’s export control system.
The National Research Council established the Committee on Homeland Security and Export Controls to evaluate the impact of export controls on the research and development activities and the eventual foreign deployment of technology by the DHS Science & Technology Directorate.
We are grateful to the committee members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Export Controls for their hard work on this study. Their expertise and continuing commitment made it both possible and enjoyable to work through a very complex set of problems that had not previously been explored.
On behalf of all of our colleagues on the committee, we would like to thank Patricia S. Wrightson, the enterprising and experienced director of the study, Ethan N. Chiang, who served ably as program officer for the investigation, as well as Neeraj P. Gorkhaly and Aaron Modiano, who were research associates on the project. Given that the issue under investigation was future-focused and previously unexplored, the staff faced and overcame significant challenges in identifying the necessary information and helping the committee to analyze and understand the implications for U.S. policy and practice. For this, we offer our thanks and appreciation.
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ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF REVIEWERS
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.
We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Clyde Briant, Brown University; Melvin Bernstein, Northeastern University; Michael Chertoff, Covington & Burling LLP; Giovanna Cinelli, Jones Day; David Goldston, Natural Resources Defense Council; Robert Litwak, Woodrow Wilson Center; Peter Lichtenbaum, Covington & Burling LLP; William Lowell, Lowell Defense Trade, LLC; Carey Rappaport, Northeastern University; William Reinsch, National Foreign Trade Council; Rudolph Seracino, North Carolina State University; and George Sevier, Defense Trade Advisory Group.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Anita Jones, University of Virginia and Robert Frosch, Harvard University. Appointed by the National Academies, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.