President Biden and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam met in early September and initiatied a "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership," a status Vietnam reserves for its closest partners, emphasizing peace, cooperation, and sustainable development. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam remains categorized as a "non-market economy," and is treated less favorably under US anti-dumping law.  Removal of this designation is a priority ask from Hanoi, although it hasn't materially slowed growth in exports to the US.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gregory W. Meeks together with 10 Minority Representatives of the Committee, sent a letter to Secretary Blinken calling on the Biden Administration not to certify the human rights conditioned portion of foreign military financing (FMF) for Egypt this year given Egypt’s failure to meet the criteria as outlined in law.

The Blue Lantern program, managed by the Country and End-Use Analysis Division (CEA) of the Department of State, is designed to ensure the security and integrity of U.S. defense trade. The …

The US Department of State is removing certain high-energy storage capacitors from the United States Munitions List (USML) as they are widely available internationally and do not provide a critical military or intelligence advantage.

For the next annual offset report reflecting calendar year 2022 data, U.S. firms must submit the required information on offsets agreements and transactions from calendar year 2022 to BIS by June 15, 2023.

DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a requirement for certain contractors to provide export authorizations to the Defense Contract Management Agency.

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