Skip to comments.Iranian Caught Stealing Plans for DODís $1.5 Trillion Jet
Posted on 04/16/2014 7:00:23 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who worked for defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, was arrested last week for allegedly trying to smuggle boxes of documents related to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the plane expected to be the Pentagons next generation fighter jet. He was picked up in New Jersey on his way to Iran.
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Take him out back and put him down like a wild animal.
Put his ass in Florence Supermax.
You know, I wouldn't want to be accused of profiling or anything, but maybe it's not such a very good idea to have citizens of enemy countries working on the U.S. defense systems.
Just a thought. Anybody with me?
DOD diversity mandates on defense contractors at its best!
Panetta and Hagel are to thank here.
Never underestimate the destructive power of political correctness.
Based on the title, I half expected this story to be about Air Force One and all the vacation flights it has taken and will take for the Dear Leader. I mean, that’s got to be about $1.5T over the 8 years, right?
A 1.5 TRILLION jet?!!!!! Did the U.S. buy 11 of them?
Bet he doesn’t serve anywhere near the prison time Pollard has.
You have an Arab Bolshevik at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Work backwards from that thought....
They couldn’t build one even if could give them all the documents, CAD files, and tooling.
✔ Count me in.
“Boxes”. Proves the Iran ins could never capitalize on the info.
I suppose you could be so paranoid that you don't trust email or postage, but then to be so stupid as to try and carry the actual documents abroad seems unlikely.
Boxes of documents? That’s strange. Engineering drawings, specifications, and such are almost entirely digital these days. A thumb drive would be much easier to conceal than boxes of documents. Either this Iranian is an idiot, or something isn’t quite right. Why would anyone ship boxes of documents versus a DVD or thumb drive? Maybe these “brochures and manuals” were training guides or sales brochures. That sort of stuff isn’t going to be in depth enough to actually build an F-35. Again, hmmm. This may be more innocent than the article implies unless the brochures and manuals were actually classified. Did I miss mention that they were classified in the article?
Damn straight. That's where one of the lead designers of the B-2 Stealth bomber is, you know.
American companies hire foreigners like Chinese and Russians all the time. Anyone thinking our secrets on the F-35 are safe is delusional.
“a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen...”
Nothing like divided loyalties in sensitive positions. Reminds me of a politician formerly known as Steve Dunham — Barry Soebarkah.
USA/Iran? Brings up Valerie Jarrett:
I would imagine that any downloads of documents, plans etc are closely monitored and could be traced.
“They couldnt build one even if could give them all the documents, CAD files, and tooling.”
Iran would “share” the documents with Russia, Pakistan, and/or China; whoever the highest bidders would be for assistance in using the technologies to design, construct, and/or develop counter-weapons.
Yes, I was aware of that. The way Florence is run, those two shitbirds could be neighbors, and never know it. It’s where they belong.
You don’t have to build a replica of the F-35 in order to make good use of the information. Russia, China, and Pakistan will pay several fortunes to have access to the information for a variety of purposes, including the development of counter-weapon systems.
Ron/Rand Paul to the rescue — “if I were Iran, I’d want the F-35 too!”
It’s only a matter of time.
> He was picked up in New Jersey on his way to Iran.
Heck, while working for a major defense contractor, my boss hired a 20-something female as a entry-level program trainee (not a secretary, a person that would train to lead programs). She was from Illinois.
Didn't know until she was hired that she was married to a Iranian and he worked for Al Jabba-the-Hut arab tv station. Can't ask personal questions during the hiring process.
Argh. . .some people saw her lurking in office hallways she was not expected to be or have a reason to be. From then on we always were careful what we said around her, what she was allowed access to, and always locked up our desks and documents. . .even though they were not classified.
Since we don’t know what the information is beyond being printed brochures and manuals, we don’t really know how valuable it is. A 787 Dreamliner sales brochure, for example, is hardly detailed enough to actually build a Dreamliner.
I may have missed it, but I don’t think article even said the manuals and brochures were classified. Using the Dreamliner as an example again, I know it doesn’t have a bleed air system from reading a sales brochure. That hardly means I can design the electric starter motors for the Dreamliner’s engines or even agree an all-electric start system is the best approach (I only know as much about the 787 as what I’ve read in articles).
I’m not saying this information (whatever it is) has no value. Everything you know about an enemy could potentially help, but I think the article is trying to make it sound bad. It might be very bad, but we don’t know.
So an F-35 employee ships some F-35 manuals and brochures in household goods? That doesn’t sound so nefarious to me. It would be so much easier for him to scan and destroy paper documents and hide a DVD in the shipment or carry a thumb drive, wouldn’t it? I mean, if he was really trying to hide something, wouldn’t he pick a better method? He even claimed he was shipping books. That sounds like a term I might use for a box of manuals and brochures.
He wasn’t stealing them, Obama gave them to him.
I’m surprised El-Presidente didn’t just give Iran a sample jet to work with. That’s what he did with the drones.
Why would anyone hire a Iranian? A Chines? A Russian? at a defense plant?! During WW@ no one would think about hiring a Nazi.