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Beijing is penetrating the U.S. defense industry.

The Americas Security News.- U.S. officer Craig Healy holds seized integrated circuits during federal operation in Northern Virigina, Nov. 2013 Photo Credit Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The Americas Security News.- U.S. officer Craig Healy holds seized integrated circuits during federal operation in Northern Virigina, Nov. 2013 Photo Credit Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

As China rises to challenge the United States as a power in the Pacific, American officials say  in ways that not only compromise weapons systems but also enable it to secure some of the best and most dangerous technology. A classified Pentagon advisory-board report this year, for instance, asserted that Chinese hackers had gained access to plans for two dozen U.S. weapons systems, according to the Washington Post.

But the smuggling of technology such as radiation-hardened microchips out of America may present a more immediate challenge to the U.S. military, Reuters has found. If China hacks into a sensitive blueprint, years might pass before a weapon can be manufactured. Ready-made components and weapons systems can be – and are – used immediately. GO TO SOURCE HERE