"The Barack Obama administration has launched an Export Control Reform (ECR) program to improve the regulations and procedures for controlling the export of U.S. weapons as well as dual-use equipment and technology. Emphasizing that international economic competitiveness is a core component of national security, the administration's stated aim is for the ECR to increase U.S. exports and jobs as well as to strengthen U.S. national security and protect U.S. military technologies. The Obama administration began by establishing an interagency task force that, unsurprisingly, concluded that the existing U.S. defense export control system-the International Traffic in Arms Regulations-is overly complicated, excessively redundant, and attempts to be too protective. The administration has since been making reforms to U.S. export controls to reduce impediments to U.S. foreign sales and partnerships, while increasing the benefits to U.S. national security through increased interoperability with stronger allies."
Strategic Studies Institute: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/