October 2022

Banned in D.C.: Examining Government Approaches to Foreign Technology Threats

Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Georgetown University
Sergio A. Fontanez

International Trade attorney Sergio Fontanez co-authored a report examining national security threats posed by foreign technologies and what state and federal governments have done to address them. The authors explain that throughout the past several years, U.S. national security leaders have warned that information and communications technology and services (ICTS) produced by Chinese companies such as Huawei could advance espionage and related activities. In response, the federal government has enacted a series of measures, including Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act prohibiting federal agencies from using equipment or services provided by five Chinese tech companies. However, these laws are relatively new, and their effectiveness is still being tested. On the state level, only five states have enacted measures to limit the procurement of foreign ICTS on national security grounds. In this report, the authors take a closer look at these measures, explain how foreign ICTS threatens national security and make recommendations for using these powers effectively, better coordinating supply chain security efforts across governments and ensuring untrustworthy foreign technology remains out of government networks.

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