Noted financial/political magazine The Economist has published an editorial agreeing with MARPA’s position on the recent State Department interpretation of the export rules.
The Economist article points out the damage that these rules are likely to do to the US commercial space industry, as more non-US competitors find that the confusion and counter-productive limits imposed by US export laws hamstrings US businesses seeking to export parts that might be recharacterized by the US State Department as (a State Department practice that led to trouble a few years ago for large aerospace companies exporting seemingly-exportable solid state gyros).
You will find our article about the subject at https://pmaparts.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/state-department-expands-its-export-jurisdiction/.
The Economist Article is available online at: http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11965352. Although the Economist tackles the issue from a Space technology point-of-view, the same issues apply to dual-use aircraft parts that may be arguably characterized as defense-related articles under the standards of the International Trade in Arms Regulations and the United States Munitions List.