How BIS Has Accommodated Corporations at The Expense of National Security

By Steve CoonenRecently I was asked, “On a scale of A to F, how would you grade BIS’s performance over the past 5 years?”My response: “If one removes ‘security’ (the S from BIS), then BIS fully merits an A+.”That’s not a compliment. For years BIS has accommodated corporations and industry groups at the expense of American national security.For starters, the Commerce Department’s core mission of advancing U.S. economic interests has prevented an appropriately rigorous approach to export controls. The Department of Commerce’s self-described mission is to “to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity for all communities.” Consequently, BIS’s goal of denying the export of U.S. technology which can be used for military purposes is… Read More