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US and Australia are lifting tech export restrictions that could impede AUKUS and Australia's nuclear submarine plan. US to share nuclear tech, but security concerns persist. Congress may use National Defense Authorisation Act to aid tech transfer. Biden to equip bureaucrats with 'tools' to break down barriers.

Summary

This article by Stephen Dziedzic, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
  • US defence technology remains tightly controlled under International Traffic in Arms regulations and other restrictions.
  • Some US bureaucrats are concerned that adversaries may find it easier to steal classified technology under the Australian system.
  • Ambassador Sinodinos said Australia had assured the US its technology would be safe.

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