On October 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State announced that it was requesting comments from the public to inform its current review of the controls implemented in recent revisions to USML Categories VI (Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment), VII (Tanks and Military Vehicles), XIII (Auxiliary Military Equipment) and XX (Miscellaneous Articles) pursuant to the President’s Export Control Reform initiative. The state department is reviewing these categories as part of its ongoing efforts to revise the USML to create a “positive list” that describes controlled items using objective criteria instead of broad, subjective or intent-based criteria. The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that the USML is not overly broad in its description of controlled items, resulting in the control of a broad range of items with limited impact on U.S. military and intelligence. The state department periodically reviews USML categories to ensure that they do not inadvertently control items in normal commercial use, account for technological developments and properly implement the national security and foreign policy objectives of the “positive list” reform efforts. The comment period for these USML categories will remain open until December 8, 2015.