The Department of Defense issued an interim rule, effective August 5, 2014, amending the DFARS to prohibit the award of commercial satellite services contracts to certain foreign entities.  Prohibited foreign entities include any entity the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes is: 1) “an entity in which the government of a covered foreign country has an ownership interest that enables the government to affect satellite operations”; or 2) an entity that “plans to, or is expected to, provide or use launch or other satellite services under the contract from a covered foreign country.” The People’s Republic of China, North Korea, and any state sponsors of terrorism are covered foreign countries (the Secretary of State has determined that Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria are currently state sponsors of terrorism). Offerors must represent whether they are, or are offering commercial satellite services provided by, a covered foreign entity. The government may award to one of the prohibited foreign entities if it is determined to be in the national security interest of the United States and a national security assessment is submitted to the congressional defense committees. The amendment implements Section 1602 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.