November 27th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Fake Chinese parts for U.S. military equipment

CNN's Eunice Yoon, reporting from China, investigates how easily counterfeit computer chips, including military grade, are produced and sold in China.

It is one aspect of a growing concern by American government officials about China's incursion into the American national security supply system.  Recently, the head of the House Intelligence Committee launched an investigation into whether a Chinese telecom company, one of the largest in the world, gives the Chinese government access to spy on America.  A recent intelligence community report also called out China for continued efforts to hack into American systems and steal economic and technology information.

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  13. kemikal

    This is what happens when everything you purchase is from.....tadaaaaaa.....CHINA! STOP PURCHASING SH** MADE IN CHINA!! Yeah, I know; easier said than done! Exactly what happens when you outsource everything in the US. Made in the U.S.A. means absolutely nothing anymore. Never will again if you ask me.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
  14. Bill

    Unfortunately this article gives just enough watered down information to allow those that know little to make all kinds of wrong assumptions. The real story is why it took Congress so long to realize the issue that many in the Military raised when the procurement system changed from the old MIL-SPEC system to a commercial standardization of some parts which led to their being manufactured in outsourced factories/fabs in China. As our major semi-conductor companies (chip) moved fabrications and facilities first to Japan and Taiwan this was not such a big issue but now those plants have moved to mainland China in search of lower costs. But anyway it is a complicated and difficult issue as we no longer have the capability to even make some parts in the US. And my point is, most of you make me laugh out loud and it will be also interesting to see how much money it will cost us to regain control over the procurement system we junked in order to save money, if that is even possible at any cost.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • Don (Bring on the Planetary Spring)

      You are so correct that the problem goes much deeper than this 'empty calorie' news bite. Sadly, nonsense like this is enough to push all kinds of uniformed buttons. And so it goes, another beat on the war drums of manufactured consent.

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    November 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  16. lioncity

    This must be a really old story. There are different versions of it. Interchange 'US' with 'China' and you get yet another very old story. I just want to know why CNN digs this up now.

    November 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • dewed

      Which story is that you're referring to? We switch "America" and "China" and get a story where the USA stole industrial and military secrets from China? In your dreams.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:31 am | Reply
  17. old jarhead

    Like all, sad and mad at this situation. With fake – cheap parts, our equipment will not function at critical moments and who knows what these parts in jets, tanks, ships, missles will do when it comes time to press the trigger? What about these parts going into our computers, – there goes your network centric warfare plan. Likely, parts already installed in our system grids are sending data to their military without our knowning, will activate disruptive programs when we
    are at crisis point. We are asking our warriors to fight with questionable equipment , intelligence if this continues. Not trying to blow this up more than it needs but I saw believe 60 minutes or other documentary on this same subject many years ago and still we do nothing. Shame on us all.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
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  18. RichP

    Amazing, this finally dawns on our brilliant minded government officials and elected representatives ? When you have access to the machines that make the chips and the programs that are put into them you have total control. I wonder if it has dawned on anyone yet that this has been going on for years.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
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    US workers paid the highest wage in the world with lowest educational credentials. No one, including US consumers, will pay for that kind of cost structure.

    November 28, 2011 at 12:20 am | Reply
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  21. Ironic_USA

    You go to some middlemen, surely Americans who want to make quick money, to get some parts for high-tech gear.These middlemen shopped every junkyards in Asia for this crucial parts. They had "procured" at US$1 a piece from this Chinamen who earns $200 a month, and sold to Pentagon at $10,000. Now some corrupted politicians told the world that they are after the Chinese government for this? Funny things is they want to stop anything from China, including the Apple i-Phone which has 100% of its hardware assembled in China with 100% Chinese made parts.

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    November 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
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      Do you realize that you are asking people in 'Military Intelligence' to actually "Think"?

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    Sorry about the mis-spelled words I am just pissed off about the US buying Military parts from China, what A shame.

    November 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  27. Drakicus Poppistratious

    This is about the sadess thing I have reasd in A long time. Why on Earth do we need to buy of all things Military parts from China? why is this happening? are we so Damn greedy now that even our Military have to depend on cheap shit from China to keep it going?. This out of control mad shit got to stop. I'll Vote for anyone who will stop it Man or Woman. I can't tell you much this story piss me off, our Country is being sold to the highest bider,.

    November 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • American_hand

      You get what you paid for. This is something very simple. If you buy it from Chinese government or some state owned company, you have the right to go after them. But if you get from from junkyard, you are wrong day one. Blame yourself.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  28. 01jack

    Why the hell should we buy milatary equipment from red china in the first place?Hell one of these days we could go to war with them and what are they going to do,still make our war supplies for us?WHAT FRRIGGING fools we have in WASHINGTON DC.hELL KEEP THIS SHIT UP WE DESERVE TO GET BLOWN UP.

    November 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • ~~

      Per your most excellent question:
      Why the hell should we buy milatary equipment from red china in the first place?

      Quite precisely. I totally agree. Why, indeed?

      November 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • lou50

      apparently you have never dealt with the Federal Employee, they make the no child left behind program look a a good idea!

      November 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • American_hand

      Some greedy middlemen did a worldwide sourcing. Blame the Chinese worker at junkyard who makes $200 a month? For what? For selling you the chips used on Raptor or Cruise Missile? You get what you paid for. Now, you are a fool already. Now you want to make yourself a bigger fool by accusing the communie government?

      November 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
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  30. justanothersay

    One more thing to add, and for China to spy on America is saying they gave China some of the technology they have today. But what is really starling,its how do we know what China made parts is used to invade any of the things we use today. We have been having China making just about everything we have made today. The funniest thing is, some of it is plain junk while other stuff has some higher standards. We here in the U.S. use to have industry that was made with pride and added growth to this nation but today we have very little export from this country that is made in the good ole USA .Lastly, If we did not have outsourcing, this type of problem associated with hacking might have not occured so freely.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:32 am | Reply
  31. justanothersay

    I find it rather strange that this is a concern to the United States. Why? Its because the United States gets into our system and hacks our personal life and they do invade what we do. If they fear China, then their must be other nations who they fear as well, but China can be there upmost fear that makes them worry for many reasons. It also tells me, you should never and under any circumstances trust anyone in human nature because in time, then you will eventually have that doubt such is United States is having with China.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • 01jack

      Hell you can thank the damn fools in washingto dc for this shit.Kiss the worlds ass and let them shit on us as usual.I'm surprised we are not giving monet to RUSSIA so thet can kick our ASS too,Then give help to IRAN so they can toss a few MISSILES over to us and we gave them money for.We all are fucking crazy.

      November 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Reply

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