For months, the U.S. has said it’s aware that counterfeit electronic parts, usually from China, posed a serious and growing problem for the U.S. military. Now the Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating the counterfeit parts problem and wants China's help, two leading senators said Tuesday.
The committee has staffers in Hong Kong trying to get into Shenzen, in Guangdong province China, where the committee believes most of the counterfeiting allegedly occurred. But the Chinese are refusing to grant the Americans visas to visit Guangdong, the senators said.
Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Service Committee, said China should want to help with the investigation. "It should be in Chinese interest not to have counterfeiting of these electronic parts going on because it would harm legitimate Chinese companies as well," McCain said at a Capitol Hill news conference today.
With friends like these, how can Panetta miss?
President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, long-time Washington insider and DIA Director Leon Panetta, is sailing forward.
The Senate Armed Services Committee, which spent Thursday in good-natured questioning of Panetta, gave his nomination a unanimous voice-vote approval today.
Moment earlier, the two most powerful men on the committee, Chairman Carl Levin (D) Michigan and Ranking Member John McCain, (R) Arizona, joked around about Panetta and his confirmation vote.
Seven Republican contenders in the U.S. presidential race faced off Monday night in one of the first debates of the primary season, offering policy ideas and criticism of President Barack Obama to try to separate themselves from the competition almost 17 months before the 2012 election.
What did they have to say about national security, Afghanistan and Libya? Here are edited excerpts from the debate, moderated by CNN's John King. FULL POST
Compiled by Tim Lister
Today's Security Brief includes:
* Libya: Rebels advancing on two fronts; Gadhafi forces shell Tunisian border
* Libya: UK military warns campaign “not sustainable”
* Libya: Congress and public restive about drawn-out campaign
* Yemen: CIA drone ops imminent against Islamists
* Yemen: Saleh develops “throat problem”
* Syria: Army advances on other towns in north; more military defectors surface
* Afghanistan: Petraeus in DC with troop recommendations
* Pakistan: Taliban persecute Shiites in remote border area – CNN exclusive