Regular readers will know that I believe that the global debt picture makes conflict — proxy or direct — between America (the world’s great debtor) and its creditors highly likely in the next century. Already America and Eurasia are engaged in media, cyber, and information warfare. Recent Iranian threats to close the Straits of Hormuz — an arterial shipping channel — could give America and Israel an excuse to directly engage the Iranian state.
Alas, it seems America has a chink in her armour, one demonstrated perfectly by Iran’s retrieval of an intact American spy drone. That drone didn’t crash: its intact appearance suggests one thing — that it was landed.
How could that be possible?
The national insecurity stakes just went up once again.
Being in the armed forces of any country, at any time, has always been a hazardous occupation.
But thanks to the gross incompetence, malfeasance and short sightedness of our current and former elected officials it just became much, much, deadlier to be a US Serviceman.
“Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”, to quote Gomer Pyle. The secret spy mission to create photographic proof of Iranian nuclear intentions has gone horribly wrong.
China is the country of origin for many, many of the semiconductors used by the US Military. It was most likely that China provided the hardware with the secret backdoor that allowed the Iranians to seize control of the Stealth drone while the drone was on a secret CIA mission over Iran.
Working together, they captured a state of the art US Military stealth aircraft.
What this means to all US Military personnel serving anywhere in the world? It means that control of any electronics system in any type of platform, can be seized and used against the military that launched it.
So what can America do about such security holes?
No electronics system within any platform is safe as long as there is any non-domestic electronics content.
Components from China are OK for a flat-screen TV, but not for critical weapons systems. Chinese components simply cannot be trusted.
Every system down to the component level must be recalled.
Any and all suspect components must be replaced, immediately before we actually place our fighting men and women in harm’s way with compromised systems.
As a country we need certain strategic industries. In this computer age, we need a strong and vibrate semiconductor industry we cannot safely or prudently outsource this to China.
In the interim, the Pentagon should stand down all weapons systems activated since 1998, and re-activate the older, but trustworthy systems.
If this is true, there can be no war against Iran or Syria in the near future.
Pakistan, Iran, Russia and China will be free to stampede over American interests in Eurasia.