Future of BIS

A little known bureau within the Department of Commerce called the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is on the front lines for strategic trade control. While actions it’s involved with, such as Entity List designations, may be better known, its stated mission is to “advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.”

Alan Estevez Named President Biden’s BIS Director

Originally reported on the morning of July 13, 2021 in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, that afternoon President Biden announced his intention to nominate Alan Estevez to serve as Under Secretary for Industry and Security at the Commerce Department.

The White House press release called Mr. Estevez “a recognized leader in the defense and aerospace community, [that] joined Deloitte Consulting as a national security strategy and logistics executive in June 2017 after completing a 36 year career with the Department of Defense.”

Earlier, China Tech Threat provided an initial analysis of Mr. Estevez’s expectant nomination followed by a panel featuring four prior BIS directors.

China Tech Threat will continue to cover Mr. Estevez’s nomination in the days and weeks to come.

Learn more about Mr. Estevez and the challenges for BIS below, including our panel featuring four prior BIS directors.

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