Information and US Export Controls

  • Stuart Macdonald


The Bucy report is just 39 pages long. By modern reporting standards, that should have disqualified it from being taken seriously.1 It appeared in 1976, the product of a task force chaired by Fred Bucy of Texas Instruments, and set up by the Department of Defense to consider export controls from the perspective of the means by which Western technology was being transferred to the Soviet bloc. The report’s conclusions are hardly startling — certainly not in the same league as those of a more recent report from the National Academy of Sciences2 — and yet their influence has been immense. Among the most prominent are that export controls have to tackle technology transfer mechanisms to be effective, especially the most active mechanisms, and that controls should concentrate on those critical technologies that would represent the most significant advance to the receiving nation.


Technology Transfer National Security Technical Data Foreign Student Critical Technology 
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© Stuart Macdonald 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Macdonald
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneUK
  2. 2.the City UniversityLondonUK

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