Export Control Implementation Issues with Respect to High Performance Computers

(Washington, DC) – Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Ranking Member Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) announced today that there will be a Full Committee hearing on “Export Control Implementation Issues with respect to High Performance Computers.”

Friday, May 26, 2000
342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Industry officials and some in Congress have argued that high-performance computers – and other items subject to national security export controls in order to keep them out of the hands of potential adversaries, problem proliferators, and terrorists – should be freely exportable without a license if they meet the criteria of so-called “foreign availability” or “mass market” status. Others, however, worry that these concepts are vague, subjective, and subject to abuse – and that institutionalizing such rules would harm national security by requiring the wholesale decontrol of many sensitive technologies. This hearing will examine these issues and assess the national security and commercial issues that underlie this debate.

Witness Panel

Dan Hoydysh, Co-Chair of the Computer Coalition for Responsible Exports

Harold J. Johnson, Associate Director for International Relations and Trade Issues, National Security and International Affairs Division, General Accounting Office

Robert Lieberman, Assistant Inspector General for Auditing, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense

Gary Milhollin, Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

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