Subject: Re: ITAR Question
To: Henry B. Hotz <>
From: Michael Richardson <>
List: tech-net
Date: 09/03/1999 19:32:09
>>>>> "Henry" == Henry B Hotz <> writes:
    Henry> At 12:35 PM -0700 9/3/99, Michael Richardson wrote:
    >>>>>>> "Henry" == Henry B Hotz <> writes:
    Henry> Are there any ITAR issues I need to worry about when writing
    Henry> networking code?
    >> Usually those are crypto issues, but yes, ITAR covers lots of high
    >> technologies.

    Henry> I was hoping someone would tell me I *didn't* need to worry about it.  *sigh*

  I can't say that you can do it, but I do agree that you should worry about it.

    Henry> The NASA-paid-for implementations are not exportable.  I don't
    Henry> know the exact reason for sure.  The protocols are international
    Henry> standards available from
    >> Registrant:
    >> Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS-DOM)
    >> CCSDS Secretariat Code MG National
    >> Aeronautics and Space Administration
    >> Washington, DC 20546
    >> US
    >> So, it may still be restricted.

    Henry> Not quite sure what you mean here.  The ccsds web site is hosted at Goddard
    Henry> Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA, but the standards are not restricted.

  The DES spec is openly available, but not exportable from the US, and it is
not restricted info at all either. The fact that the organization is "open"
doesn't mean that the US doesn't restrict the rights of its citizens to tell 
foreign nationals how to do things, it just means that foreign nationals can
implement it themselves if they want to.

  You probably need to ask elsewhere, but I suspect that if you do ask
the answer may be no. You might just want to make a web page saying that you
doing this, make a mailing list, and make sure that some official knows about 
it. See if they care.

    Henry> If not, can I collaborate with a foreign national to do the same?

  You may want to have them initiate the code and just can just work on it.

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