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Military and Dual-Use Technology: Covert Testing Shows Continuing Vulnerabilities of Domestic Sales for Illegal Export, Statement of Gregory D. Kutz, Managing Director Forensic Audits and Special Investigations, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 4MB]

This testimony by Gregory D. Kutz titled, "Military and Dual-Use Technology: Covert Testing Shows Continuing Vulnerabilities of Domestic Sales for Illegal Export" before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives held on June 4, 2009, describes the threat posed by individuals that can bypass export requirements on military technology and illegally export restricted items such as night goggles. In the wrong hands, this technology poses a risk to U.S. security, including the threat that it will be reverse engineered or used directly against U.S. soldiers. "Given the threat, the subcommittee asked GAO to conduct undercover tests to attempt to (1) purchase sensitive dual-use and military items from manufacturers and distributors in the United States; and (2) export purchased items without detection by domestic law enforcement officials. To perform this work, GAO used fictitious individuals, a bogus front company, and domestic mailboxes to pose as a buyer for sensitive items. GAO, in coordination with foreign law-enforcement officials, also covertly attempted to export dummy versions of items. GAO interviewed relevant agencies to gain an understanding of which items were in demand by terrorists and foreign governments. GAO actions were not designed to test controls of other countries. Relevant agencies were also briefed on the results of this work."

Report Number:
GAO-09-725T
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Date:
2009-06-04
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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