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Counterfeit electronics and military hardware risks American lives

It would be reasonable to expect the United States military contractors building the aircraft our military uses to defend the nation to be absolutely sure electronics they use in the aircraft are legitimate and don't suffer from any security issues. However, a Senate report indicates that this not always the case. The Senate Armed Services Committee issued a report documenting the year-long investigation launched by Democratic Chairman Carl Levin and ranking Republican John McCain into counterfeit Chinese electronics in military aircraft.
The report spans 112 pages shows that 1,800 cases of bogus counterfeit parts were discovered during the investigation. The counterfeit Chinese parts were discovered in the Air Force's largest cargo plane, helicopters used by special ops soldiers, and Navy surveillance aircraft. 
Levin said, "[The report] outlines how this flood of counterfeit parts, overwhelmingly from China, threatens national security, the safety of our troops and American jobs."
“It underscores China’s failure to police the blatant market in counterfeit parts — a failure China should rectify,” he continued.
The Senate report also notes that the Chinese government wouldn't issue visas to Senate committee staff that wanted to travel to Asia as part of the investigation. Defense News reports that one Chinese embassy official said the issue was sensitive and a negative report could damage relations between the United States and China.
While the source of the counterfeit electronics was overwhelmingly determined to be China, the report does say that contractors and other authorities in the United States are partly to blame for failing to detect fake parts and routinely failing to report suspected counterfeit goods.
Among the fake and counterfeit parts the investigation discovered were Electromagnetic Interference Filters that were used in night missions and in the operation of military arms such as the Hellfire missile used on certain Navy helicopters. Counterfeit memory chips were also found in the display systems used by the C-17 Globemaster III and the C-130J military cargo aircraft. Additional counterfeit parts were discovered in refurbished ice detection modules on the Navy P-8A Poseidon used for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare by the Navy.
The SAS first mentioned the problem of counterfeit electronics and military hardware last year.

Source: Defense News

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Not New, Not Surprising
By skyflier on 5/23/2012 11:12:57 AM , Rating: 2
One of the main counterfeiting I have seen the government get bit on is Cisco counterfeits. Those bad boys are expensive, but Cisco has their devices made in China. So, naturally the designs were stolen, and thus the counterfeiting. This has been a problem for years. We just blindly trust Chinese manufactures to not counterfeit. I could go on ranting, but i will stop.

RE: Not New, Not Surprising
By lightfoot on 5/23/2012 11:27:59 AM , Rating: 2
We just blindly trust Chinese manufactures to not counterfeit.

No. Nobody trusts the Chinese not to counterfeit. The problem is that if you wish to sell your product in China, their government generally requires the product to be manufactured there or it will be hit with punitive import taxes.

RE: Not New, Not Surprising
By mars2k on 5/23/2012 11:32:07 AM , Rating: 2
All with the collusion of our own Government. We have made the devil’s bargain with China. We pretend to want free trade but expect none in return. We’ve borrowed to buy their shoddy goods and finance our deficits. We ship our jobs back in return.

Americans have been sold a bill of goods. Please tell me how its to our economic advantage to buy something made in China and pay to ship it half way around the world for consumption. How are their robots cheaper to run than ours?

RE: Not New, Not Surprising
By fic2 on 5/23/2012 11:54:20 AM , Rating: 2
I have said for years that we should treat countries as they treat us. Your country is going to force our companies to do X to be able to do business in your country so we need to force their companies to do X to be able to do business in our country.

RE: Not New, Not Surprising
By lagomorpha on 5/23/2012 12:36:10 PM , Rating: 5
Tit-for-tat foreign policy? I like it - you put tariffs on out goods, we put them on yours. No freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia - no Saudi money allowed to finance mosques here.

RE: Not New, Not Surprising
By gamerk2 on 5/23/12, Rating: -1
RE: Not New, Not Surprising
By name99 on 5/23/12, Rating: -1
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