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Exclusive: U.S. & a STRANGE TWIST,.. BARRY waived laws to keep F-35 on track with China-made parts?????????????????

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on U.S. weapons in order to keep the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program on track in 2012 and 2013, even as U.S. officials were voicing concern about China's espionage and military buildup.

According to Pentagon documents reviewed by Reuters, chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrop Grumman Corp and Honeywell International Inc, to use Chinese magnets for the new warplane's radar system, landing gears and other hardware. Without the waivers, both companies could have faced sanctions for violating federal law and the F-35 program could have faced further delays.

"It was a pretty big deal and an unusual situation because there's a prohibition on doing defense work in China, even if it's inadvertent," said Frank Kenlon, who recently retired as a senior Pentagon procurement official and now teaches at American University. "I'd never seen this happen before."


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Comment by Brock Peterman on January 6, 2014 at 9:13am

Just like the Chinese berets for the Army this is just stupid.

Comment by Ralph V. Cutolo on January 5, 2014 at 9:59am

I'm just saying, why doesn't Barry just flat-out sign over the USA in her totality to the Chinese, rather than this behind the scenes sneaky crap!!! Question,...Can one man actually be this naive without factually being considered a trader???????

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