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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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Funny
By lightfoot on 5/23/2012 11:21:49 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
“It underscores China’s failure to police the blatant market in counterfeit parts — a failure China should rectify,” he continued.


The U.S. has a national security problem, and we think China should fix it? That would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

Back in the old days if the U.S. had a problem, the U.S. would fix it.




RE: Funny
By TSS on 5/23/2012 4:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
That's assuming the chinese aren't aware of this at all.

It's certainly not going to be bad for China if your jets can't fly properly. I'm not saying they're actively selling counterfit parts, but i am saying they could very well be actively not-stopping counterfit parts from hitting the market.

It's not like you can do anything about it either. The only option you'd have is tariffs on chinese parts, but then some americans will complain it costs more. AKA the recent solar panel tariffs (IMO if there ever was a starting shot for a trade war, that was it) where US companies basing their model on cheap chinese panels said they would incur an extra 10% costs which they couldn't afford. Didn't even take a week for that article to arrive following the announcement.

I'm just saying where not exactly headed for times where you could expect any nation to look out for another.


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