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Discussion in 'Politics' started by AugustaGator, Oct 4, 2018.
Anybody know anything about this? Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
Read the article earlier today...can't say it's too surprising. China doesn't make any distinctions between national security espionage and economic espionage: it's all fair game in their eyes. Many have speculated that Trump's trade war isn't going away because the long-term goal is to disentangle and separate the two economies and prepare for a long-term ideological and economic conflict. Whatever happens: I'm glad Trump is finally doing something to call out their bullchit. Beyond time someone had the stones to stand up to their cheating and duplicitous behavior.
Interesting this is coming out now. This also emphasizes that while free trade is a goal, we must also maintain our national security... that means computers, steel, oil, many things. We don't want to be like Europe was in WWI and WWII, out of everything and staring down an invading horde. Of course, I don't know how many of these snowflakes would be useful in combat.
More of the same. Report details 'vulnerabilities' in industries vital to national defense, US official says The U.S. industries responsible for the production of military weapons systems show “a number of vulnerabilities,” a White House report revealed Thursday, according to a senior administration official. The 107-page report identifies at least 300 specific vulnerabilities -- including a major issue regarding the skilled-labor gap that the administration says “demand(s) immediate action.” While the entire list of vulnerabilities is classified, the report highlights some of the problems the Department of Defense is facing. For example, there is a limited supply of the fabric used for troop’s tents and uniforms and of the rare-earth minerals used to make radars, the Wall Street Journal reported. That could require “decisive efforts to modernize and revitalize the domestic fiber and textile industry,” the report says. Meanwhile, a low supply of American welders also leaves the defense industrial base at risk, said Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. “What you wind up with are single points of failure,” he said Wednesday. “Single sources for key components, like propeller shafts for our subs, gun barrels for our tanks, fuel for our rockets and space-based infrared detectors for missile defense. So we’re at risk in many different ways.” For years, officials at the Pentagon and in the defense industry have recognized supply-chain issues -- from securing specialized ball bearings to the existence of only a single U.S. plant for making propellers for the Navy. At the same time we are paying billions to produce hundreds of thousands of kids who get degrees in French Poetry, Hairdressing, and Hypho-American Studies, we have critical needs for welders, programmers, engineers, and other people with actual, marketable skills. The answer is simple, move the money.
And stop selling the thought working is bad.
The mindset is shifting to combat the threat and changing geopolitical landscape. Which is a good thing: our adversaries don't make distinctions between industry and national security and we've been at a distinct disadvantage for a few decades in trying to get everyone to play by our rules. Now, we're starting to recognize where we need to diversify our military supply chains and protect certain industries vital to that. We can do that in concert with our NATO allies and our APAC allies too; as they are undertaking very similar measures as well. At the end of the day, we can buy tents from Italy or Portugal in a pinch and they would sell. Same for us to Australia or Japan, should either country run low on JDAMs or AMRAAMs in a future conflict.
On this we totally agree. China is waging a long term war. We need to respond as such. Not change course every 4-8 years.
I’ve been saying this for years here: the federal student loans to critical needs. The only problem is who determines “critical”? The list here to ME is critical... to another administration, I can only imagine the list.
This thread is more important than the Kavanaugh thread. This is what we need hearings on. This is what we need round the clock coverage on. Alex.
Why arent we doing the same espionage against them or are we doing it without the publicity?
Update. Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
Just don’t mess with my fortnite! Or my handbag. Lots of sheep out there.
We are running sophisticated hardware and software hacks (the Snowden leaks confirmed this); but with one key difference: our espionage efforts are limited to spying on their govt and military. China goes after our corporate data and steals it to hand to their own businesses.
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