The U.S. Department of State today released for publication in the Federal Register a final rule and notice of temporary modification concerning Category XI (military electronics) of the United States Munitions List (USML).
According to today’s notice [PDF 211 KB], the Office of Defense Trade Controls of the State Department determined that exporters may read revised control language, as finalized in December 2014, to exclude certain intelligence-analytics software that has been and remains controlled on the USML. Therefore, the State Department determined that it is in the interest of the security of the United States to temporarily revise USML Category XI, while a long-term solution is developed.
The temporary revision clarifies that the scope of control in existence prior to December 30, 2014, for the USML and directly related software, remains in effect. The clarification is to be achieved by reinserting the words “analyze and produce information from” and by adding software to the description of items controlled.
The State Department will publish any permanent revision to USML Category XI addressing the issue as a proposed rule for public comment.
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