why, it’s almost like they ain’t our pals

The Navy Bought Fake Chinese Microchips That Could Have Disarmed U.S. Missiles

Last year, the U.S. Navy bought 59,000 microchips for use in everything from missiles to transponders and all of them turned out to be counterfeits from China.

Wired reports the chips weren’t only low-quality fakes, they had been made with a “back-door” and could have been remotely shut down at any time.

If left undiscovered the result could have rendered useless U.S. missiles and killed the signal from aircraft that tells everyone whether it’s friend or foe.

I understand that budget constraints have everyone scrambling to cut costs wherever possible.


You ask me. I’d tell you exactly where to start: get some fucking sombreros and serapes, dress a couple of soldiers up like mexican druglords, and buy your guns super-cheap from the ATF.

H/T GoodShit which is frequently super-duper NSFW, but also has links to awesome catfights like thees.


  1. Paul
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm |

    Well I here ‘Turbotax’ Geithner is now going to quit.

    If he and Holder go, as well as the whole ATF shebang, well that is a step in the right direction. Sadly I suspect Geithner made alot of bucks on the side as head of the Treasury. Plenty of opportunity for graft, and he was a grifter.

    Yes our national defense is a place where NOTHING should be short changed. Only the best.

    And Chinese is not the best at all. Might as well buy Pakistan to where we are at it.

    Come to think of it…. maybe we ought to check out what we bought from them to!

  2. apotheosis
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm |

    If we buy pock-ee-stohn, we’d probably end up buying it…from china.

  3. X
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm |

    I am not worried about the chips they found out about…. I am worried about all the ones they don’t know about.

  4. mech
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm |

    X hit the spot!

    ’nuff said.

  5. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm |

    [bangs forehead on desk]
    This. is. not. a. new. lesson.
    Who’s running this goat-rope?

  6. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm |

    No worries, I hear they are gonna use 1000 Nork rickshaw drivers to power the propellers in their 1st aircraft carrier.

  7. Honey Badger
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 4:49 am |

    Maybe this is why there are so many job postings for Navy Logistics jobs on USAjobs.gov lately.

  8. Posted July 1, 2011 at 8:18 am |

    Note to Defense Department: poker chips are for gambling, not computer chips.

  9. Snuffy Smith
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 10:21 am |

    Clinton, Part two, the movie.

  10. ZZMike
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 10:23 am |

    A commentor on another site (lost in the fog), who said he works in semiconductor design, said that the reason we don’t make them here is that the quantities are so small (in this case, only 60k) that it isn’t cost-effective to set up a production line for them; that the chips use old technology (evidently the military is always a generation or two behind the curve (which makes sense – they can’t upgrade every year, as we do, on iPhones); and he gave a number of good reasons why we have to look outside. Good technical, good economic reasons, but really bad real reasons.

    You could say it’s sorta like having to buy our guns, ships, and planes from China.

  11. TimO
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 11:09 am |

    This is what happens when you blithely subscribe to the “One World, One People” philosophy where “everybody is the same all over the world and we all just want to get along” BS.

    It doesn’t work so well when you’re shoved into a dark alley with a knife to your throat….

  12. Kristopher
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm |

    Anything you buy in bulk from China has to be tested.

    Bilking via mispackaging is a high art there. Capacitor fraud is a favorite.


  13. PeggyU
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm |

    Mmm … the smell of an exploded capacitor.