The long-awaited proposed rule regarding the revision of U.S. Munitions List Category XV (spacecraft) and definition of “Defense Service” is in today’s Federal Register notice!

The notice can be found here and states that the comment period ends on July 8th. Please submit your comments to DDTC before the deadline, especially if you have any specific examples of satellites and related items that would be controlled by the revised USML Category XV that are now in normal commercial use.


As part of the President’s Export Control Reform effort, the Department of State proposes to amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to revise Category XV (Spacecraft Systems and Related Articles) of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to describe more precisely the articles warranting control on the USML. The definition of “defense service” is to be revised to, among other changes, specifically include the furnishing of assistance for certain spacecraft related activities. The revisions contained in this rule are part of the Department of State’s retrospective plan under E.O. 13563 completed on August 17, 2011.

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