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Reforming US Export Control

March 3, 2011 12:30 PM
March 3, 2011 2:00 PM
Seattle Trade Alliance of Greater Seattle
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
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1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500, Seattle, WA, United States, 98101

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security’s Under Secretary Eric Hirschhorn will join us to discuss the Obama Administration’s export control reform initiative, an Administration priority aimed at enhancing our national and economic security. Under Secretary Hirschhorn oversees the Commerce Department bureau that advances U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and by promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership.

In 2009, the Obama Administration announced an initiative to reform the current export control system. The current set of controls, which regulates the overseas sales of goods and techologiesitems that can be used for military or dual use purposes, has largely remained unchanged since the Cold War. The initiative is being led by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

America’s high-tech and defense industries generate around $350 billion in exports. This represents nearly one-third of U.S. merchandise exports. The military cluster is also a source of significant economic activity in the Puget Sound region, responsible for generating over 132,000 jobs. This meeting will present on some of the export control reform efforts under way and their projected impact.

President Barack Obama appointed Eric Hirschhorn to be the Under Secretary for Industry and Security, heading the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), on March 29, 2010. Mr. Hirschhorn most recently was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn LLP. His past government service includes holding the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce (1980-81), where he oversaw the dual use U.S. export control system for goods and technologies with commercial and military applications, antiboycott compliance, restraints on imports for national security reasons, and the department’s participation in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). As a member of President Jimmy Carter’s reorganization project staff (1977-80), he worked on reorganizing the government’s international trade, public diplomacy, and foreign assistance mechanisms. Mr. Hirschhorn received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


To register for this event, please visit the Seattle Trade Alliance website.

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