U.S. Air Force – Made in China?

From FoxNews.com

Wall Street Journal: China Eyes U.S. Defense Contracts.

Call me crazy, but doesn’t this seem like a bad idea? This headline immediately struck me as odd and made me uncomfortable, but the mere fact that China is attempting to win U.S. military weapons contracts means that it’s a possible for foreign companies to supply the United States with military arms and technology.

I did a little looking around on the web to find information on foreign suppliers of U.S. military equipment. It’s easy to find information about U.S. companies that supply military equipment to countries around the world, but it’s a great deal more difficult to determine if the United States imports any of its military technology and equipment. After a bit of scouring, I found this article from the New York Times from 2005:

High-Tech Industry in Israel Goes From Bust to Boom.

This article is only speaking to the resurgence of the Israeli technology industry and happens to mention that one company based in Israel supplies the United States with some of its night-vision technology. So although this article is by no means an expose of U.S. military weapons suppliers; the fact that even one company outside the United States–albeit an ally–supplies the U.S. with some of its military equipment would seem to indicate that this practice is not prohibited.

China is not outwardly hostile to the United States, but it’s been widely reported that they routinely make attempts to compromise U.S. military secrets through electronic means. Given this fact and based on their aggressive monetary policies they certainly cannot be considered an ally.

It should be obvious, but it’s in the best interest of the United States to prohibit the awarding of military contracts to foreign suppliers from hostile countries. For our own security, an outright ban on military imports from foreign countries altogether should be considered; but for some reason, I don’t see such legislation getting too much traction in Washington.

China’s ambitions to get into the military exports business in the United States may end up coming down to a game of chicken between the United States and China. We need their cheap and efficient industrial machine, and their investment in our debt. They need our voracious appetite for cheap products. The past few administrations haven’t been all that keen on playing tough with the Chinese and neither has the current one. For our own safety and security, this is one time when the U.S. needs to man up. Stay tuned.

–the civil commentator

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