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Space Foundation Undertakes ITAR Survey

06/03/2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jun. 4, 2007) -- In an effort to assess the impact of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) on companies in the space industry, the Space Foundation has undertaken an ITAR compliance survey designed for senior executives and program managers.  This survey, commissioned by the Space Foundation, is designed to acquire tangible information such as financial and personnel costs and programmatic delays, to better characterize the effect of ITAR regulations. The Everett Group of Annapolis, Md will be conducting the survey for the Space Foundation.

“For years we have heard anecdotal stories about the impact of ITAR on the space industry including increased costs, delays and impairing US companies’ ability to compete in the international marketplace,” stated Marty Hauser, vice president Washington Operations, Research and Analysis, for the Space Foundation. “We believe the effects are real, but there is very little concrete information available to quantify the actual depth and breadth of the impact on the space industry. The goal of our survey is to capture credible, concrete data on the costs of ITAR compliance. We will use it to better inform the debate on the issue and provide some authoritative reference for discussions on ITAR modernization.”

The Space Foundation’s ITAR survey is open to representatives from companies across the space industry who are at the program manager or senior executive level. Those who are able to provide details on the monetary, personnel, time and other costs incurred by their company or program as a result of ITAR regulations. Responses to the survey will be accepted until July 15, 2007. Once the results have been compiled and analyzed the Space Foundation expects to release a white paper or other document with the findings.
 
About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and inspires, enables, and propels tomorrow's explorers. The Space Foundation also has an office in Washington, D.C., and Field Representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, trade association services, research and analysis for the global space industry, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom. Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation conducts Strategic Space and Defense, 9-11 October 2007, in Omaha, Neb. The Space Foundation also conducts the premier annual gathering of the global space community, the National Space Symposium, which takes place April 7-10, 2008, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org .
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