Why In The Hell Are Chinese Computer Chips Being Installed In US Warplanes?

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Is there someone available to ask why this country would be installing computer chips made in or procured from China into our fighter jets, some of the most sophisticated aircraft on the planet? Who out there is so uninformed that they are completely unaware that nothing but crap, some of it highly toxic, comes out of that communist country?

It’s bad enough we get poisonous drywall, toys, animal food, toothpaste and even tainted baby food shipped over here from China not to mention crappy tools that break after using them a couple of times so why are these chips finding there way into United States military aircraft and who is responsible for this!?

From the Times of India,

Chinese spies may have put chips in US planes
The Chinese cyber spies have penetrated so deep into the US system — ranging from its secure defence network, banking system, electricity grid to putting spy chips into its defence planes — that it can cause serious damage to the US any time, a top US official on counter-intelligence has said. “Chinese penetrations of unclassified DoD networks have also been widely reported. Those are more sophisticated, though hardly state of the art,” said National Counterintelligence Executive, Joel Brenner, at the Austin University Texas last week, according to a transcript made available on Wednesday.

The rest of this article can be found here>>>

An October 2008 Business Week article goes much further in depth on this huge problem of bogus Chinese computer chips making their way into U.S. military ships and aircraft.

The American military faces a growing threat of potentially fatal equipment failure—and even foreign espionage—because of counterfeit computer components used in warplanes, ships, and communication networks. Fake microchips flow from unruly bazaars in rural China to dubious kitchen-table brokers in the U.S. and into complex weapons. Senior Pentagon officials publicly play down the danger, but government documents, as well as interviews with insiders, suggest possible connections between phony parts and breakdowns.

In November 2005, a confidential Pentagon-industry program that tracks counterfeits issued an alert that “BAE Systems experienced field failures,” meaning military equipment malfunctions, which the large defense contractor traced to fake microchips. Chips are the tiny electronic circuits found in computers and other gear.

The alert from the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP), reviewed by BusinessWeek (MHP), said two batches of chips “were never shipped” by their supposed manufacturer, Maxim Integrated Products in Sunnyvale, Calif. “Maxim considers these parts to be counterfeit,” the alert states. (In response to BusinessWeek’s questions, BAE said the alert had referred erroneously to field failures. The company denied there were any malfunctions.)

In a separate incident last January, a chip falsely identified as having been made by Xicor, now a unit of Intersil in Milpitas, Calif., was discovered in the flight computer of an F-15 fighter jet at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. People familiar with the situation say technicians were repairing the F-15 at the time. Special Agent Terry Mosher of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations confirms that the 409th Supply Chain Management Squadron eventually found four counterfeit Xicor chips.

The rest of this long but very enlightening article can be found here>>>

Sell your soul to the devil and your options become far fewer when the SHTF. That RosettaStone software may come in pretty handy when we default on the huge debt we’ve accumulated and are forced to turn our country over to the Chinese. Owned lock, stock and barrel and not a shot fired.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao expressed concern Friday about the safety of all the United States debt his country has purchased. “We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried,” he said.

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2 Responses to Why In The Hell Are Chinese Computer Chips Being Installed In US Warplanes?

  1. cyanarella says:

    One of the issues is the technology, patents, production, and companies who make the chips necessary to build these complex electronic systems are located throughout Asia. These multi-national companies are hardly the problem.

    It is important to understand that the problem does not lie in the hands of the companies that producethe chips. (the spy chips produced in China are a myth). The true problem is the counterfeit electronic components that are being produced. Do not confuse the term produced with a production line of people in a huge factory making this product. What is really happening are whole towns like Shantou, China are turned into E-Scrap dumping grounds. These areas have taken in much of the waste from around the world. The main source of income is harvesting metals, plastics, and electronic chips off boards. They do this by heating a board over a fire pit outside. The fire pit looks like a camp fire. The heat melts the solder off the boards and the chips are removed and sorted according to size. Many of the chips look the same and only identifiable with the part numbers and company logos. In the process they remove the markings on the chip using a sanding method or just paint over them. This process is called black-topping. To clean the chips they are washed in rivers and laid out on the city streets or river banks to dry. When black-topping is applied they laser etch a new part number and date code. This makes the components look new again. Sometimes the part number is correct but the date code is changed to make an older chip appear new. The difference in pin layout and “errata” between date codes can be huge as well. So just because the original part number and counterfeit part number are the same it still can do different things. Not to mention the lifetime of the chip is much lower considering its pedigree cannot be verified.

    Few Independent Distributors in the U.S. have developed ways to identify these counterfeit components by using solvents to test the chip tops, acid decapsulation to expose the insides of the chip and inspect circuitry, metallurgic testing, and using XRay to look through the chip to see differences between known good parts and parts that are in question.

    This is a huge epidemic that bridges the gap between national security and recycling principles. It is electronics, like computers, printers, high end servers, and cell phones that are being tossed away carelessly and end up in these dumping grounds in Asia. Much of this technology leaves the U.S. as scrap and re-enters the global electronics trade as counterfeit components.

    I work with distributors who have put stringent quality control procedures in place as well as made considerable investments in technology to protect Defense and Aerospace and standard electronics manufacturers from this growing epidemic.

  2. Tera says:

    I hope China takes microsoft down after watching him and Buffet on TV applauding Bernakey for bailing out these so called companies that skimmed millions and millions off the top to give themselves bonuses. Wow they gave the elders like 200 dollar bread crumbs and guess who will pay for all that. How many people are being destroyed and now out sourcing and IN SOURSING to keep THIR bottom line paychecks coming in at the expence of everone else. What goes around comes around I say. Tjhake them down. What is the definition of a traitor?

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