Nov 06

Chinese Counterfeit Parts in the DOD Supply Chain

by JN Kish

The following is a collection of information from Mark Watson which has been compiled by Final Phase Forum member NBT Truth. This is really scary stuff – especially if you understand manufacturing, defense and also happen to be the type of person that loves Liberty.

Mr. Watson comments on the CNN article linked HERE

In case you have not been a regular reader of Watson’s Web, I have talked before many times about ‘supply chain contamination’. While you hear little about it in the blogosphere, it is a major, major issue. I can tell you that already, unknown to most Americans some, of our weapons systems have been compromised by parts that were designed to fail and made overseas. This is both a military threat as it is a simple commercial one.

Do you remember the stories about Toyota’s having problems with their accelerators? That is what industrial supply chain contamination looks like. You get a part from a place like say… China that the manufacturer built in some remote facility. The guy who owns the factory gets a visit from the Chinese government who tells them they will not put the usual part in the shipment, but will provide these ‘special’ parts that will be sent to the customer. The buyer is totally unaware of what is happening, until people start crashing cars all over America and the buyer of the parts gets caught in a very nasty publicity and legal mess.

Pretty messed up huh? Welcome to the real world. Now translate that comparatively insignificant problem over into the defense arena and you begin to see the enormous ramifications. They can be anything from poor workmanship, to carefully designed component degradation (within a fully predictable timeline) to vulnerabilities (hidden commands inside hardware/software) that reacts to certain commands on a battlefield that only our enemies can exploit.

This is a real problem and is not just Labor Unions and others whining about manufacturing overseas. This is truly a major National Security Problem. Because if the parts for our weapons systems are not being made here, they are being made elsewhere.

We have already lost our lead in some critical defense-related industries such as semiconductors, printed circuit boards, machine tools, advanced materials and aerospace, Baugh said. The closure of the Avondale and Ingalls shipyards would cripple our ability to make ships.


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