The Bush administration in 2002 began a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of U.S. defense trade policies in an effort to identify changes needed to protect the country's national-security and foreignpolicy interests.
This assessment, National Security Policy Directive 19-a classified presidential order directing the review-is scheduled to be finished in May.
The review's objectives, according to an unclassified public announcement released late last year by the White House, are to ensure that defense trade, technology security and acquisitions policies:
* Support the security of the United States.
* Contribute to peace …