U.S. Missile Defense suffers counterfeit electronics epidemic

By Rick · 9 replies
Nov 9, 2011
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  1. For many years, the Pentagon has been trying to thwart military use of counterfeit electronics and electronic components. The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee held a meeting Tuesday morning to…

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  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Ok then lets make the parts in the USA
  3. You'd need to rebuild most of the infrastructure to do so. Cheap crap from China and the Environmentalists pushed/forced/legislated out most fabrication and material manufactures in North America.

    I'd also say that Obama's ' buy American ' is hitting the trade partners like Canada and mexico first and foremost because it's easy. The US should be concentrating on bring the industry from China back to the US.
  4. Same thing happened a couple years back on planes

    The FAA found counterfeit parts installed on Air Force One !! Cost a fortune to get a program to get rid of them
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,405   +3,417

    That is sad!!

    Rip off the guy with guns big guns and get away with it. The sad part is the guy with the guns apparently don't know how to use them.
  6. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    EXACTLY!! Stop giving our rivals trillion and invest in America...FREE college! "here here"!
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,629   +1,016

    I doubt that, especially since pollution from China does affect the west coast of the US.
  8. It's normally cheaper to buy it "off the shelf" than to make the actual parts themselves. So the U.S. government want to rely on third parties who say that their parts are all made from the U.S. Apparently those companies or "reputable sources" are actually lying most of the time. So... this just sucks.
  9. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 773   +221

  10. The problem is that the government always goes with the lowest bidder. Anyone who has ever been in the military can tell you this, it's always the cheapest junk even when it's mission critical.

    It's no surprise to me that we have these so called "counterfeit" parts, but honestly, we can't blame China as a country for that. Those parts could have come from anywhere. What we really need to focus on is the contractors and their sources. Make sure we know we are getting good parts first, and if the military would just get parts that they KNOW are good, rather than the lowest bidder, honestly the military as a whole would benefit and be more cost efficient because things wouldn't have to be replaced as often.

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