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Originally posted by stealthyaroura
Funny i often thought why would the mighty USA have most of the circuitry and chips built and supplied by a possible enemy? to me this could mean they who supply the chips to the missiles etc could take control through back doors.no?
Originally posted by luvs2spooge
No news to a military/federal electronics tech or supply clerk!
It all comes down to the "lowest bidder" concept. The government, steered by a crack team of contract consultants, mandates ridiculous requirements, sometimes to the level of demanding things that don't exist. Typically, a federal manager will end up having to go with someone who can PROMISE to fulfill the obligation, even if it's against his better judgment, because their job is to make sure the mandates are fulfilled, and any respectable company is well outside of the allotted budget. A few years later (I've seen it even happen in months) the lowest bidder tanks and the owner walks away with millions in pocket to use for his next big government contract venture. With the current years budget already splintered off into the next project, and "broken promises" not falling into the realm of allowable funds, the manager has no choice but to resort to whatever means are necessary to maintain that system. This leads to shady electronics and refurbished equipment going into things that are ultimately responsible for the lives of human beings.
Rinse and repeat as necessary.