On January 13, 2016, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a notice of inquiry [Public Notice: 9852] requesting comments from the public regarding recent revisions to Category XII of the United States Munitions List (USML). In light of the ongoing transition of the USML to a more “positive list” pursuant to the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative, the Department requests that the public comment on 1) alternatives to controls on certain items when “specially designed for a military end user,” 2) the scope of the control in paragraph (b)(1), and 3) certain technical parameters that the Department is evaluating to replace “specially designed” controls. The Department of State will accept comments on this Notice of Inquiry until March 14, 2017.