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RJO Cybersecurity Expert Robert Metzger Favors New Senate Intelligence Bill, Limits Technology Transfers To China


RJO Shareholder Robert Metzger agrees that the new Warner-Rubio Senate bill is on the right track to controlling the flow of emerging technologies to China. Mr. Metzger made his remarks in an article published in Inside Cybersecurity, January 8.

“This is an issue of immense importance, . . . I think the Warner-Rubio bill is a very timely and useful proposal,” Mr. Metzger said.

The bill, S.29, proposes the creation of a new Office of Critical Technology and Security, which will be located within the White House. A broad group of stakeholders – including international allies – would be engaged in developing policies about the transfer of U.S. technologies to China. The goal is to curtail transfer or critical emerging, foundational, and dual-use technologies to countries that pose a national security risk. The bill also sets forth the need for greater enforcement of supply-chain security.

“We should be under no illusion that answering these questions will be any easier for the new office than it will be for the (Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security) BIS,” Mr. Metzger said. “I’m not saying this is a perfect way to deal with such a complex problem, but this strikes me as a very important measure and one which I hope will receive prompt and serious consideration by the Congress.”

For the entire Inside Cybersecurity article, click here.

About Robert Metzger

Mr. Metzger is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups and is the head of RJO’s Washington, D.C. office. He is recognized as among the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and supply chain risk management. He advises leading U.S. and international companies on key public contract compliance challenges and in strategic business pursuits. His litigation practice includes representation of companies in civil matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. He also has extensive experience in federal and state bid protests and controversies arising from information technology (IT) implementation projects.

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