US has Thales jump through ITAR hoops
The telecommunications satellite that Turkmenistan ordered from Thales is to be finally launched later this month after much haggling between Paris and Washington. [...]
Thales is a defense electronics company in aerospace and defense industries. It came into being with the merger of Alcatel, Dassault Electronic and Thomson CSF and inherited the latter company’s naval activity, which it has developed in recent years. Thales now operates in 50 countries and has become a leading player in the defense industry.
Since the shrinking budgets of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) can no longer support the industry alone, the Obama administration has gradually lifted the barriers forbidding foreign exports of US-built military satellites and very [. [...]
Frustrated that U.S. restrictions on technology exports are costing them contracts, U.S. military satellite manufacturers have successfully lobbied the Obama administration to relax the export rules concerning their sector. The reforms which are currently ongoing will allow the likes of [. [...]