By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Last November, researchers for the Senate Armed Forces Services Committee, reported our military had purchased and installed counterfeit electronic components into Warplanes and other weapons systems. During their research the committee claimed that it found more than a million fake parts in a random sample with approximately 70% of the electronic parts originating from China.
The components would find their way into the Defense Supply Chain through approved commercial distributors who purchase the parts directly from China. The Chinese would purposely pack counterfeit parts with in genuine military grade components and sell the batch to the Defense Logistics Agency at bargain prices with little or no quality assurance checks.
Military grade parts are manufactured to withstand extreme conditions. The counterfeit components are often factory rejects or commercial grade parts which have been relabeled. The most effective method to ensure the quality of parts being purchased is aggressive testing of the parts and the decertification of distributers who are selling fake parts to the military. But apparently those charged with insuring the quality of these parts have not done their job.
According to the Chinese nationalistic commentator Song Xiaojun, the United States is at fault (of course!) for getting itself into this situation. He stated “The US has been dismantling its factories since the 1960s,” he said. “And since the Clinton government, the US has turned a blind eye towards military requisitioning. As it keeps cutting its procurement budget, weapons dealers will keep providing cheaper quality products,” The never ending Defense cuts and the high cost manufacturing within the United States and Japan have created a situation where defense suppliers had to look elsewhere for components to keep weapon systems operating.
Phony parts do impact the readiness of the Armed Forces to protect our country. This downward spiral started with the Clinton Administration when they ordered the Military to go bargain hunting for replacement parts.
In the face of draconian cuts enacted by Barack Obama and his American hating Chicago thugs, the Pentagon will be under still greater pressure to find parts to keep our old and getting older weapon systems in optimum shape. This is a very serious situation.
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