U.S. Tightens Technology Export Controls

Commerce Department calls the move critical to national security. 

The U.S. Department of Commerce has adopted new export controls on technologies that support the production of advanced semiconductors and gas turbine engines. The “emerging and foundational technologies” covered by the move include gallium oxide and diamond, because “devices that utilize these materials have significantly increased military potential,” the department said. 

“Technological advancements that allow technologies like semiconductors and engines to operate faster, more efficiently, longer, and in more severe conditions can be game changers in both the commercial and military context,” said Commerce Under Secretary for Industry and Security Alan Estevez.

According to the department, gallium oxide and diamond allow semiconductors “to work under more severe conditions, such as at higher voltages or higher temperatures. Devices that utilize these materials have significantly increased military potential.”

The controls include ECAD, a category of software tools used for validating integrated circuits or printed circuit boards “that can advance many commercial as well as military applications including defense and communications satellites,” the department said. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Under Secretary Estevez as he heads the Bureau of Industry and Security.
  • For Secretary Raimondo as she oversees the regulation of technology exports by the Commerce Department.
  • For wisdom for Under Secretary Marisa Lago as she manages the Office of International Trade.

Sources: One America News, Reuters


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