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During the 2016 OSA Laser Congress in Boston, Kevin J. Wolf, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration of the United States Department of Commerce, spoke about the recently released final rule of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for Category XII. Video of his presentation is above.
On October 11, the Obama Administration posted the final rule. Category XII encompasses fire control, laser, imaging, and guidance equipment that the United States considers critical to national security. The rule is part of the Administration’s Export Control Reform effort. Category XII of the ITAR was the last category considered due to the complexity of the areas it covers. Read more about the rules.