Department of Commerce Seeks Comments on Export Controls to China

Date: November 27, 2018

On November 19, 2018, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register seeking public comment on criteria for identifying and defining “emerging technologies” essential to US national security which should be subject to export controls to countries subject to an arms embargo (including China). The categories of emerging technology discussed in the ANPRM are currently subject to lower level U.S. export controls.

BIS seeks information from the public to determine if stricter controls are needed, if, for example, the emerging technologies contribute to potential conventional weapons, intelligence collection, weapons of mass destruction, or terrorist applications or other national security concerns. Comments are due by December 19, 2018.

The ANPRM mentions a number of Artificial Intelligence technologies of interest to the supplier industry, including, but not limited to, Computer vision (e.g., object recognition, image understanding), Expert systems (e.g., decision support systems, teaching systems), Speech and audio processing (e.g., speech recognition and production), Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) technology, Additive manufacturing (e.g., 3D printing), Hypersonics and Advanced materials. Please see the ANPRM for the full list. MEMA is working to develop a position. For more information, contact Catherine Boland.

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