US put China-made parts in F-35 fighter program? (Yep)

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This seems, unwise.

I wonder if the the folks who gave the waiver to the defense contractors to keep the F-35 program close(er) to on schedule have ever perused Unrestricted Warfare, a book written in the late 1990s by a couple of mid-level officers in the Chinese Army.  In it the authors argue for the use of a myriad of unconventional warfare forms, one of which, if I remember correctly, was implanting components in enemy technologies which could be “turned on” when needed.*

Putting Chinese components in the American fighter and weapons platform created in large part to counter the Chinese doesn’t make much sense to me.


“It was a pretty big deal and an unusual situation because there’s a prohibition on doing defense work in China, even if it’s inadvertent,” said Frank Kenlon, who recently retired as a senior Pentagon procurement official and now teaches at American University. “I’d never seen this happen before.”

The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, is examining three such cases involving the F-35, the U.S. military’s next generation fighter, the documents show.

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*The components of concern are said to have no programmable features. They are magnets.