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Rather, their approach is strikingly uniform, heavily dependent on the staple ingredients of foreign spies, cops and robbers, evil communist plots, the righteous receiving their just reward in the form of technological superiority, and the nation saved from the forces of darkness. Typically the scenario is that foreigners (bad guys) have somehow managed to infiltrate an American high technology firm (full of good guys). Taking advantage of the obliging nature that is to 30 S. Macdonald, Technology and the Tyranny of Export Controls © Stuart Macdonald 1990 Derring-do and Petty Politics 31 be found everywhere in the West, the foreigners acquire precious and proscribed technology.

There is still no clear resolution to this struggle. What is clear is that DoD has gained ground, its progress being eviden~ in such triumphs as the Memorandum of Understanding of March 1984 and the 1985 Amendments. The former gave DoD equal authority with Commerce in the review of validated licence applications for high technology exports to up to fifteen non-communist countries 40 : the latter made concessions to 26 Technology and the Tyranny of Export Controls DoD insistence that export controls should be directed towards reexports and that penalties should be stiffer.

25 More forceful was the patent failure of twenty years of economic embargo to have had the slightest perceptible impact on Soviet economic development, and The Development of Export Controls 21 the growing reluctance of the allies to co-operate in maintaining even the semblance of an economic siege. 26 So compelling were these arguments that they held sway despite the strain on US - Soviet relations caused by the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Export controls were to be used for foreign policy, but more trade with the Soviet bloc was required to make export controls a viable instrument of foreign policy.

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