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Exclusive: U.S. waived laws to keep
F-35 on track with China-made parts

Reuters, by John Shiffman & Andrea Shalal-Esa

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/4/2014 12:24:19 AM

Washington - The Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on U.S. weapons in order to keep the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program on track in 2012 and 2013, even as U.S. officials were voicing concern about China´s espionage and military buildup. According to Pentagon documents reviewed 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. Without the waivers, both companies could have

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There are some of US who still remember the story about how the multi-tactical monitor for a F-117 was Chinese made. Not only must that leading edge trchnology be "shared" with China, but they can suddenly have any reason not supply US in a true time of need. A weapons system like the F-35 should initially have all its parts made here, unless sold to a "friendly" country (to 0bama), Hence, China.../Sarcasm.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/4/2014 12:39:02 AM     (No. 9678949)

We are in trouble when our own military starts selling us out and waiving laws. Isn´t that some kind of junta?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rael, 1/4/2014 12:45:21 AM     (No. 9678953)

And they killed the Raptor program for this piece of junk.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/4/2014 1:05:11 AM     (No. 9678964)

Magnets? Surely Reuters can find a better subject for a DoD hit piece than this.

By the way, Reuters, where was the president, and what was he doing, on the night of September 11, 2012? Did you assign as many people to that story as you did this magnet distraction story?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/4/2014 1:06:21 AM     (No. 9678965)

They´re talking about $2 magnets, and there are a lot of rare earth elements that come 99% from China these days. They´re not that rare, the California desert is full of them, but y´know, environmental impact of dust, and there might be a tortoise kept awake at night or something, ...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/4/2014 5:49:35 AM     (No. 9679038)

Insane

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hoosierblue, 1/4/2014 6:01:16 AM     (No. 9679044)

This has to end bad.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harper, 1/4/2014 1:41:08 PM     (No. 9679463)

Yabut what about the real issues facing the US military? Making it a safe, nurturing environment for gays and trannies? Developing "sensible" tests so wommyn will feel accepted and included? Questioning the place [if any] of nasty guns in the military culture? /S


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