China cyber-attacks the Pentagon and threatens our warships — and we’re buying $2 parts for F-35s from them?

Despite the fact that China is engaging in a deliberate military expansion, and the fact that tensions are rising between it and Japan, our ally, over disputed territory and the fact our nation has endured numerous cyber attacks from China, the Pentagon has apparently decided to waive laws banning Chinese-built components on US weapons in order to continue purchasing $2 magnets used in the production of F-35 aircraft.

You might recall back during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, US Army Lieutenant General Russ Honore was called in to take charge of the situation. His initial assessment was summed up in the statement, “City Hall is stuck on stupid” — a commonly used expression in the military. I assure you General Honore would say the same about his development.

According to an exclusive report by Reuters,

Chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrop Grumman Corp and Honeywell International Inc, to use Chinese magnets for the new warplane’s radar system, landing gears and other hardware. The waivers apply to inexpensive parts, including $2 magnets, installed on 115 F-35 test, training and production aircraft, the last of which are due to be delivered in May 2014.

Without the waivers, both companies could have faced sanctions for violating federal law and the F-35 program could have faced further delays. The seriousness of this situation was articulated by Frank Kenlon, recently retired as a senior Pentagon procurement official and now teaching at American University, “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, I’d never seen this happen before.”

The F-35, being developed by Lockheed-Martin, is the Pentagon’s costliest arms program and is already years behind schedule and 70 percent over the original budget estimate. This is a perfect example of why we need to have audits of defense spending, something I supported when I sat on the House Armed Services Committee.

We cannot have the defense industry driving the train and must first look at instituting SLEP (service life extension programs) for weapons systems. As well, why would we go to China for these cheap parts in the first place? Here in South Florida we have had a horrific experience with cheap Chinese drywall, and we have had issues with other Chinese products, so why on our most advanced fighter? Besides, several US manufacturers make similar magnets.

And why now? As we reported, tensions in the Pacific rim are mounting due to China’s usurpation of the Senkaku Islands and its air defense zone claim over these Japanese territories forcing air transit clearance. As well, we are witnessing China engage in a deliberate military expansion, centered around its maritime capability – witness its recently conducted naval maneuver which threatened the right of passage of a US Navy warship.

The Pentagon itself has endured countless cyber attacks emanating from China – in fact I recall one such attack while I was stationed in Kandahar. Could it be we’re being held ransom? As former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen once stated, “our national debt is our greatest threat to our country.” Since China holds some 27 percent of our federal debt, are they using that as leverage against the United States?

What do you think? Does it bother you we may be flying US fighter jets with parts that have a “made in China” stamp? Do you believe we should have granted this waiver, or are we, as ol’ General Honore would say, “stuck on stupid?”

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Cynthia Matthews
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Syrian Christians massacred…media silent: “One of the worst Christian massacres—complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches—recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels” http://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/largest-massacre-of-christians-in-syria-ignored/ Obama’s cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya . It is the first widespread violence in decades. The current government is pro-American but Odinga wants to overthrow it and establish Muslim Sharia law. Obama’s half-brother, Abongo Obama, is Odinga’s follower. Obama interrupted his New Hampshire campaigning to speak to Odinga on the phone. Check out the… Read more »
Nation Siege
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not to mention the economic war waged both by Europe and China against the USA

Nacim

ConservativeBabyKL
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INSANE ! and they poison our pets , another whole story I know . Rushed here more to write soon !

GumpForrestGump
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As former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen once stated, “our national debt is our greatest threat to our country.”
I agree. Our one and only focus should be to decrease that. We need to get rid of all spending increases until we can spend money we actually have.

Tom Girouard
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We have the most greediest and stupid people running things in our Government . We spend money on parts made in China , whom we owe so much money , in liue of parts that are made right here in America , shame on us .

BigBossOgg
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We have the greediest and most stupid people running things in our government. We spend money on parts made in China, to whom we owe so much money, in lieu of parts that are made right here in America. Shame on us.

I agree with your sentiments, Tom, I just had to clean up your spelling, syntax and punctuation.

Jim Robertson
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This is just wrong!

YelowJezamin
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Every day, container ships go across the Pacific Ocean – with all of their thousands of containers empty. Every day, their sister ships dock in Cali, SC, and GA – and unload full containers with millions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods. Want a phone by mail? It comes from China. Candy for Christmas? Ceramics, glassware, food, drink – it comes from China. Not only are the Chinese buying up infrastructure in the US, they now use call-ins to buy at auction thousands of acres of American cropland and ranchland – all backed by the Chinese government. Our government is… Read more »
Phoebe
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I don’t think they will need any of us here. They have plenty of people to ship over to occupy their new diggs. This is all so sickening. No one I talk to wants to listen. They tell me they don’t want to get depressed or they just don’t believe me. Some tell me to see a therapist. Does no one in our military care about their children or grandchildren enduring the demise of this country? Even the survivors will endure horrific conditions and witness mass death and desruction. Or are they all just moving to South America and wait… Read more »
BigBossOgg
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Let’s see them try to claim that crop land and infrastructure, though!

Abby Sapp
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Many pages on the internet are dedicated to the fact that large parcels of land could be gained by China in eminent domain proceedings because we can’t pay our debt. Here is one …. read as many as you like, it is happening all over the place!

http://www.examiner.com/article/impeachment-time-obama-grants-eminent-domain-rights-to-china-to-secure-debt

YelowJezamin
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They already are.

Judy
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STOP DEALING WITH CHINA..
The trade deficit is our fault… China sells to us, but they do NOT buy from us.. Stop spending what we do not have and enriching China.. We have moved all our industry to foreign countries and now we have no jobs and they own America. CRAZY ..

jayceej
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I agree with you, Judy. We made it easy to ship jobs overseas. We need to be encouraging business to stay here, and trying to develop industry HERE. Even if they had to pay more for US-made magnets, it would be worth it to keep the business and the money in THIS country.

Laura Thompson
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Unions made it easy for us to ship jobs overseas. That is the central reason manufacturing of just about everything has shifted to countries that do NOT have unions. I believe that unions had a place, and to some degree still do, but to the extent that they have negotiated themselves right out of a job is stupid. And the trouble is the unions are still stuck on stupid. They have not yet learned the lesson from Detroit. You keep asking for more, the product can be made in other places where they don’t keep asking for more.

jayceej
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It was, perhaps, unions that made it attractive to ship jobs overseas, but it was government that made it easy.

Ian
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Before president Clinton the chinese were our enemy, The Yellow peril. Then Clinton took millions in bribes and suddenly they became our most favored trading partner. Clinton signed the American jobs away in the stroke of his presidential pen and Americans are now paying the price for his intransgence! Where were the union voices then. You put the other arse in power and he is doing the same thing with the Islamists. Wake up people.!!!

Max Devlin
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Seems to explain why the;re stealth aircraft look very much like our F-35 and F-22

sidneydave
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Obama said he would create jobs, he never said American jobs. Government procurement should be required to source everything from American manufacturers. One way to improve our economy. In the 1940’s, American military equipment was all made in the US and much of that equipment was given to our allies. Today we have few allies, and we buy Russian made helicopters and give them to Afghanistan which they will probably use against us in the future.

American At Large
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You can’t cure stupid. Keep re-hiring our employees by re-electing them with glowing performance appraisals.

Rich
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Gov’t = stupid so of course they are stuck. Incandescent light bubs vs dangerous mercury bulbs…hummmmm….stupid….
Expect anything different?

Laura Thompson
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I read a report that surprised me that it wasn’t a government regulation that took incandescent light bulbs off the market. The industry didn’t want to produce them anymore is what this article said. Wish I had saved the article but I believe it was on The Blaze.

Rich
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Basically they are outlawed by knowing the capability of the bulb for their efficiency rating and making the law that makes it impossible for this technology to comply, so no matter how you put lipstick on the pig, it is still a pig, or in this case “outlawed”. See below Fox News report. Either way another choice is gone due to over gov’t regulation. I would rather pay the small cost increase in electricity than have the new bulb’s light glow. I have them for years in one room and hate them. ____________________________________________________ On Jan. 1 it will become illegal… Read more »
Nathan Lewis
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Mercury bulbs are not dangerous. Not unless you swallow the entire bulb… Which is dangerous due to the glass. the mercury in the bulbs is 5mg, less than in a typical mouth sized portion of salmon.

cqarhs7disqus
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I wonder if the parts that china makes for us are designed to malfunction on command. What a great way to disable your enemy some day.

Rinehard Carsjens
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In other words you dont Practice Fredom of speech, Right? You dont mind slamming others spueing hate speech about someone against sexual diviancy, or comments made about hateful verbs against Christians are ok !!! HUMMMM

Donald H Sullivan
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????? I don’t understand your reasoning, Rinehard. What are you trying to say?

Rinehard Carsjens
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I was talking about what they allow to be posted. In other words if they dont like it, it dosent get posted. Thats not freedom of Speech, Nixon wanted it like that, just as Obama would choose. Thanx

gjsmith_62
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And that question has exactly WHAT, to do with parts “made in China”?

cdkennedy59
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We need to use American made only

gjsmith_62
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What is the point of laws if they’re not enforced? So, we’ve got Obama making executive rulings on ObamaRxCare, illegal immigration and now procurement?

TxnCo
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Yes it bothers me! Why in he11 would we buy anything from therm?! It’s rediculous! I’d like to know who is personally responsible for making that decision!!!!

Marilyn
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Our gov. has gone to hell in a basket, If it were me I would not fly F-35 until all parts say American made, they are letting Obama take our Country and turn it upside down, and this really makes me ANGRY!!

Pamela
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stuck on stupid. We had bought bubbles for the kids and they did not even blow, cheap crap. I think we should send back some land fills for payment on some of the crap. As far as parts for fighter jets…..have you ever used a made in China screw? The heads break off. Nuts, some one is getting paid off for the contract or something

Vernon Keller
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we are not but the leaders are and so is china if they ever think this group of scumbags will ever pay them back…lol