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Potential Espionage? Lockheed Martin Uses Chinese Manufacturers For U.S.-Built Stealth F-35 Jet
International Business Times ^ | 01/06/2014 | By Christopher Harress

Posted on 01/06/2014 1:09:06 PM PST by SeekAndFind

The U.S. government has waived laws banning Chinese components being fitted in their Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT)-built F-35 fighter jets in order to keep the $392 billion program on track during 2012 and 2013, according to a report released by Reuters on Friday.

According to the report, Pentagon documents showed that chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall had allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrup Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) to use landing gears, magnets and other hardware supplied from China. Had the waivers not been issued, both companies would have violated federal law and the program could have been delayed.

Concerned U.S. lawmakers noted in separate documents that American manufacturers do make similar magnets, but according to the acquired Reuters report, it would have cost $10.8 million and 25,000 man-hours to have removed the $2-a-piece, Chinese-made magnets and replace them with the alternative American-made ones.

The Government Accountability Office is leading an investigation into the issue after U.S. lawmakers objected that American companies were being shut out of the specialty metals market, and that a U.S. military jet was being produced by a potential enemy.


(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; espionage; f35

1 posted on 01/06/2014 1:09:06 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It must be at least 10 years since I read about DOD officials explaining that in the modern world they really didn’t have any way of knowing who was producing our “secret” technology.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 1:16:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Savage was hammering on it today - said the congressmen or others who approved this should be hung.


3 posted on 01/06/2014 1:21:05 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Pajama-boy-in-chief's beatings continue until morale improves.)
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To: CincyRichieRich

Maybe that’s the reason for the legislation doing away with the death penalty for treason.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 1:21:49 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow. Crony Capitalism hits a new high level mark.


5 posted on 01/06/2014 1:23:15 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks heavens for the Smoot-Hawley protectionion legislation of 1930 or we would have lost WW II by exporting our factories to Japan, Germany and China. We could use another today.


6 posted on 01/06/2014 1:25:51 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: cripplecreek

“It must be at least 10 years since I read about DOD officials explaining that in the modern world they really didn’t have any way of knowing who was producing our “secret” technology.”

Not so. I’ve been in this game my entire career. If a sub is producing something you send your QA people there to assure that they’re following the rules. Your QA verifies that they’re complying with the contract which will clearly state where they can get materials and sub components. If something sensitive is being produced in China this is a clear violation of ITAR (International trafficking in Arms Regulations.) Heads need to roll!


7 posted on 01/06/2014 1:26:52 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s all about the “supply chain”, i.e. replacing American jobs with cheaper foreign labor ... even for highly sensitive military hardware.


8 posted on 01/06/2014 1:34:01 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Gen.Blather

OK so I’m a liar.


9 posted on 01/06/2014 1:36:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks SeekAndFind, related: Special Report - Chinese military's secret to success: European engineering
10 posted on 01/06/2014 1:38:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: cripplecreek

“OK so I’m a liar.”

I’m not calling you a liar. You may very well have read that. It might even be true. But if it is the FBI should be all over it. ITAR is taken VERY seriously. Everybody with a government contract has to train every employee in ITAR once a year. Each employee has to pass an ITAR test and it’s comprehensive. An example was given recently where a major contractor sent sensitive drawings to a sub and he came back with a quote. They asked how he thought he could do it so cheaply and he said he’d had his Chinese company do the quote and the labor was dirt cheap. Turns out he’d forwarded these very sensitive drawings directly to China. That was a major breach. It could easily have been a go-directly-to-jail breach. (They didn’t say what happened to the hapless idiot who sent the drawings out.) You can’t even send drawings via ordinary internet. Instead there are things called “drop boxes.” You give your sub access after they pass the ITAR testing.


11 posted on 01/06/2014 1:45:54 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

Agree. Of course it’s got to be on the US Munitions List to be restricted, and lots of people who don’t understand the law will confuse instances of bribery that are prosecuted unt FPCA and such for export law violations. Having seen the grief and cost a former employer had to endure for an extremely minor ITAR violation (alleged violation) involving a 40-year old technology, I’m convinced there are bureaucrats who take this issue seriously regardless of who occupies the WH. And if violations occurred, there should be full punishment.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 1:57:52 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Gen.Blather
Here's one of your "impossibilities". Its not the testimony I'm looking for but it proves that things are wildly out of control and anyone who believes otherwise is an idiot.

(FR thread)Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip
13 posted on 01/06/2014 1:58:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ex-snook

Indeed. The catch of free trade with China is that ONLY trade with China after they bully Taiwan, Korea and Japan in submission. No more alternativenor global interdependency so called. This stuff was another fraud promise based on paper tiger.


14 posted on 01/06/2014 1:59:10 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Gen.Blather

ITAR is very strict and for strategic parts such as landing gear there would have had to have been a waiver


15 posted on 01/06/2014 2:00:23 PM PST by rdcbn
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To: ex-snook
Thanks heavens for the Smoot-Hawley protectionion legislation

The Free Traitors would call you a Communist for saying the we should use government power to make sure our secret defense technology is made in America instead of Communist China.

16 posted on 01/06/2014 2:02:18 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: cripplecreek

A Chinese sourced part would not be allowed on any project I’ve ever worked on. But it’s possible the supplier lied or disguised its source, or didn’t know the source.

The worst breaches were those arranged by Bernie Schwartz of Loral who was the most frequent visitor to the White House under Clinton. He is why the Chinese have missile technology that works. All of this for a few free space launches for his aborted satellite phone company. (Oh, and a few generous dollars to the Clintons.)

Lincoln said, “No foreign enemy, by force of arms, could ever take a drink from the Ohio river without the complicity of American traitors.” (That would be Jimmy Carter, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama.)


17 posted on 01/06/2014 2:05:59 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
"The Free Traitors would call you a Communist for saying the we should use government power to make sure our secret defense technology is made in America instead of Communist China. "

Ironic. The 'free trade' deals are government to government agreements made in the backrooms outside of Legislature involvement.

18 posted on 01/06/2014 2:07:27 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yep. It's official. This administration is structuring the military so that we lose future wars.
19 posted on 01/06/2014 2:13:05 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: SeekAndFind

The saying in Silicon Valley is “Half the Chinese here are spying on us. The other half are spying on them!”


20 posted on 01/06/2014 2:18:35 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don’t all have one neck.)
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To: cripplecreek
OK so I’m a liar.

Not you, them.

21 posted on 01/06/2014 2:21:18 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don’t all have one neck.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who’s running the joint Chief’s PeeWee Herman?...
WORSE it’s Barry Half-White...


22 posted on 01/06/2014 2:25:01 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SeekAndFind; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.

Lenin was wrong.

We'll loan them the money at low, low interest rates to buy the rope factory, give them the rope making technology, provide them with the raw fiber at a steep discount, forgive the original factory loan, then buy the rope for a few pennies less than making it ourselves would cost...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

23 posted on 01/06/2014 2:27:33 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don’t all have one neck.)
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To: null and void

unfortunately too true… and is happening now


24 posted on 01/06/2014 2:28:42 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Gen.Blather

The list is a lot longer than that, but for recent ones you’re correct.


26 posted on 01/06/2014 3:13:09 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: SeekAndFind; null and void; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ..
The U.S. government has waived laws banning Chinese components being fitted in their Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT)-built F-35 fighter jets in order to keep the $392 billion program on track during 2012 and 2013, according to a report released by Reuters on Friday.

PING!

27 posted on 01/06/2014 9:19:42 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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