Category: Meeting Notices - 2012

Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Meeting (SITAC)


November 8, 2012
9:30 a.m., Room 3884
U.S. Department of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security
Washington, DC 20230


Open Session:

FY11 (10/1/11-09/30/12):

Total 515 export applications were closed and valued at $93,998,083.
419 approved, 93 RWA’d, 3 rejected.
Average processing time: 34 days.

Top six destinations requesting licenses for dual use infrared cameras were in descending order of value: Sweden ($39M), Switzerland ($6.7M), Russia Federation ($5.6M), France ($5.1M), Israel ($4.9M), and Saudi Arabia ($4.9M).

Note:   Over the same period in the prior FY, there were a total of 726 export applications closed.  Of these 519 were approved, 1 rejected, and 206 rwa’d.  The value of the closed applications during this period was $358,181,742 with 31 licenses to Sweden totaling $265,419,555.

Mr. Steve Tribble (FLIR Systems) asked what the drivers were for the returned without action.  Christopher Costanzo explained that RWA’s were due to Commodity Jurisdictions as well as companies learning to use the new license exceptions such as STA and the UTIC rules.  Mr. Borman also explained that BIS was very happy with the reports that are being submitted.

Dr. Robert Lieberman, President of Intelligent Optical Systems, gave a presentation titled “Economic Impacts of U.S. Export Control” which lasted approximately an hour. He described the segmentation of the photonics industry and how the majority of it was involved in civilian and commercial efforts as opposed to military.  He also provided some interesting examples of how export controls adversely affect manufacturers of infrared detectors and cameras, manufacturers of high powered lasers, and research universities.  He is concerned that export controls are not becoming simpler; rather they are becoming unnecessarily more complicated.  He is also concerned about items controlled in Category 6 of the Commerce Control List expanding as opposed to what Secretary of Defense Gates had envisioned which was higher fences around fewer items.

Greg Hill (DRS) also provided a presentation developed in coordination with other SITAC members titled “Commercial Infrared Uncooled Products:  Export Status”.  He described the growth of the commercial uncooled thermal imaging market, decline of military uncooled camera sales, growth in competition to US industry, and some suggestions as to how to keep US industry competitive and be able to support the US military in the future with high performance and cutting edge technology.

Michelle Hinrrichs (Pacific Advanced Technologies) also gave a short presentation titled “The SAD State of Commercial Cooled Infrared Products”.  In her presentation, she explained the foreign availability of cooled systems worldwide and how export controls are impacting her ability to compete.  She makes some recommendations to level the playing field with non-US sources which includes establishing clear controls at the product level as opposed to the component level. 

1 John Goodrich is the VP for Commercial Infrared Systems for the DRS-RSTA Corporation.  His term expires at the end of this meeting.

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