Okay, its been awhile since I've had a rant and this one's time has come.
There are many things about the world today which give me concern and they should give everyone concern. Not least of which are the on again/off again
good relations these days with both Russia and China. Its interesting to watch in that way.
Let me ask you something though.... Do you think the People's Liberation Army or Army/Navy have computer systems and combat operation systems filled
with chips stamped "Made in USA"?
Keep in mind, the publicly stated purpose of some of these systems is specifically to counter and destroy American military formations. The Carrier
battle group comes to mind as one they have built more than one system to target and penetrate the defense screens of. Successful? Hopefully, we never
need to learn that.
Still.... Do you think those systems are based and directly contain U.S. coding and chips, to be used against U.S. systems? I'm thinking the Chinese
make their own for some things. We should as well...and low bid contracts sound good. At least until that low bidding became a world wide market
event, with little to no regard as to long term strategic realities for who WINS them.
Lets see a couple examples of what I mean...because while China may use some U.S. material, we ARE using Chinese coded and produced chips as well as
other similarly contained items which, in failure, can negate the entire operation of the system they are a part of ...if the wrong one goes bottom up
at the wrong moment.
Dozens of suspected counterfeit parts have been installed on U.S. defense equipment from Raytheon Co. (RTN), L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.
(LLL) and Boeing Co. (BA), including aircraft deployed to Afghanistan.
The Senate Armed Services Committee found counterfeit parts -- usually from China -- on at least seven aircraft, including the Lockheed Martin Corp.
(LMT) C-130J transport plane, Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and L-3 27J Spartan transport.
Always a happy thing to consider...but wait! There's more!
This is not exactly a new problem for the U.S. military. There was a report issued in 2008 that identified counterfeits in the military supply
chain as a big issue, noting that the problem stems from Clinton-era cost-cutting measures relating to procurement. Given this year’s Penatagon
budget, which is much higher than many countries’ GDPs, the most surprising part of this whole story is that the U.S. military is actually engaged
in saving money. God knows what they’re spending the rest of it on.
Well.. crap. We can't blame Obama this time...so I know, that'll lose a % of people reading this right there.
This isn't politics though, this is American national survival, when we're entirely betting our safety and future on the superiority of our
technology.......based on and incorporating systems or subsystems from the very nations we may use it against ...and THEY know that TOO
is what makes it particularly insane, in my opinion.
Oh.. We're still not done though...
Listing out some of the examples of Chinese cyber spy penetration, he said: "We're also seeing counterfeit routers and chips, and some of those
chips have made their way into US military fighter aircraft.. You don't sneak counterfeit chips into another nation's aircraft to steal data. When
it's done intentionally, its done to degrade systems, or to have the ability to do so at a time of one's choosing."
It's utterly amazing to me, how much a nation banking on superiority in battle to other nations, depends directly on those same nations to BE
superior and maintain that level of ability to fight ...them! I'd call it a logic puzzle to drive a genius crazy..except this is headlines and
reality, and has been for many many years now.
Finally.... The Russians aren't endowed at this point with the very high tech manufacturing and fabrication infrastructure which China has by its
serving western markets. They simply can't be everyone's chip supply to possibly meddle with them en-route to installation within combat weapons
We still have a case of short sighted foolishness though, and this is really what FIRST grabbed my attention today.
Engineers at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park are designing a new liquid-fuel rocket engine that would directly compete against one built by a
Russian company that's currently used on high-profile launches.
If Aerojet Rocketdyne does end up building the replacement engine, it could mean millions of dollars' worth of contracts and years of work for
employees in Canoga Park, who have been stung by layoffs and program cancellations for years.
There is another thread out there entirely dedicated to that last story, and so it is mentioned here for context and another example of how we've off
shored what we use to an extreme.
We are literally depending on a nation becoming a serious adversary to supply rockets used in critical mission systems and to lift one of a kind
satellites of all kinds into space. That dependence should never have occurred, IMO.
Anyone else see enough stupid and crazy in all this to get hopping mad about sometimes? America sits in unemployment, cancelled contracts and
stagnation, as noted above in the Rocket example, while we actually bicker over whether it's a GOOD idea or not to shift all that INSIDE the U.S.
again and..Oh, I don't know...maybe USE AMERICANS for American priority projects?
After all....I ask again...do we think the Chinese and Russians are going beyond just copying our designs ..but openly buying the chips for defense
systems, labeled AS such, from US...as the nation they may actually use them AGAINST? Well.. We are doing precisely that, regularly.
Maybe..it is time we work on rebuilding that production capability we once enjoyed near self sustaining levels of independence by. It would be nice to
be a nation that could stand on its own. We're among the few on Earth who can by sheer geography, and HAS in the past. It is what we've lost...and
that production happened to take civilian employment and private sector revenue (taxes included) right along with it, next to the experience core it