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  •  which leads to a much larger question (4+ / 0-)

    Why the hell are we buying mil spec anything from anywhere other than the USA?

    That would solve that problem in a heartbeat - any electronic or critical device used in any military use, no matter how small, must be manufactured in the USA.

    Period.

    That would reinvigorate our manufacturing base in a year or so, and bring back a boatload of decent jobs.

    •  Bingo! The multi-billion dollar question! (1+ / 0-)
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      Why the hell are we buying mil spec anything from anywhere other than the USA?

      It used to be that way until in 2006 then Senator McCain got the "buy American" restriction from DoD contractors removed.

      That would solve that problem in a heartbeat - any electronic or critical device used in any military use, no matter how small, must be manufactured in the USA.


      This was identified as a problem back in 2005 and the Pentagon, NSA, and CIA all told members of congress that this was "under control... we have a plan in place" obviously it hasn't worked since the posts upstream are dated 2011 and 2010 respectively.
      That would reinvigorate our manufacturing base in a year or so, and bring back a boatload of decent jobs.

      Yes it would... but with companies like GE and Boeing moving operations to China and lobbying our congressional reps... well deep pockets buy a blind eye.

      I don't like the idea of our tax dollars being used to send jobs off-shore and buy military components from foreign countries that are decimating our manufacturing sector.

      Here is a Bloomberg video report on Chinese counterfeit operations... and they aren't small potatoes!

      Dangerous Chips from China

      In case this embed doesn't work here is a link to the video:

      http://www.businessweek.com/...

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