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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Pentagon Worries About Chinese Chips

Washington, D.C. - At a conference in Washington, D.C., this week, a Department of Defense official sounded a startling alarm.

"The defense community is critically reliant on a technology that obsoletes itself every 18 months, is made in unsecure locations and over which we have absolutely no market share influence," said Ted J. Glum, director of the DoD's Defense Microelectronics Activity unit.

"Other than that," he cracked, "we're good."

Glum addressed his comments to a crowd of defense officials and industry execs gathered for the 2008 Common Defense Conference, or ComDef, an internationally focused event held annually in Washington.

This year, threats to computer networks were front and center. But Glum underscored that the Pentagon has hardware headaches too, particularly when it comes to microprocessors. Ninety percent of the department's obsolescence problems, he said, are related to electronics.

Full story at Forbes.com