Posts Tagged ‘ITAR’

NASA Boss Accused of Breaking Arms Trade Laws

May 3rd, 2012 05:46 admin View Comments


ananyo writes “The head of NASA Ames Research Center may have fallen victim to restrictive arms regulations — just as a US government report recommends changing them to help the space industry. Simon ‘Pete’ Worden, who recently announced that Mars exploration would be done by private companies, has been accused of giving foreign citizens access to information that falls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). ITAR has hampered U.S. firms seeking to export satellite technology. The allegations against Worden come just as the new report recommends moving oversight of many commercial satellites and related activities from the State department to the Commerce department, and some fear they could provide lawmakers with reasons to not ease export controls.”

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Amazon Launches ‘AWS GovCloud’

August 16th, 2011 08:06 admin View Comments


wiredmikey writes “Amazon Web Services today announced ‘AWS GovCloud,’ a new AWS Region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move IT applications and systems into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. Previously, government agencies with data subject to Compliance regulations such as the International Trade and Arms Regulation (ITAR), which governs how organizations manage and store defense-related data, were unable to process and store data in the cloud that the federal government mandated be accessible only by U.S. persons. AWS said that it will screen customers prior to providing access to the AWS GovCloud, helping to ensure customers are ‘U.S. Persons,’ not subject to export restrictions.”

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Arms Regulations Damaging US Space Industry

September 10th, 2010 09:43 admin View Comments

athe!st writes “International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are a major headache for companies trying to put their satellites into space, so much so that some companies are using ‘ITAR-free’ (aka free of US technology) as a selling point. The European Space Agency is trying to reduce its dependence on ITAR components, and the regulations are also threatening the nascent space tourism industry.”

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