The Export Administration Act of 1979: An Examination of Foreign Availability of Controlled Goods and Technologies

Dvorin, Shirley Miller | January 1, 1980

The Export Administration Act of 19791 amended thirty years of legislative controls over the export of advanced technology2 to the So- viet Union and other non-market economy countries.’ Since first en- acted, these post-World War II export controls attempted to reconcile the conflicting objectives of protecting national security while promot- ing United States international trade.4 Nonetheless, the increasing availability of advanced goods and technologies from foreign sources to communist nations has undermined both these objectives.