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Supply Chain Security is the Whole Enchilada, But Who’s Willing to Pay for It?

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  1. [6]
    jlpoole
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    Ah... the spinmeister for the companies, e.g. Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro, that outsourced their hardware and incurred the risk. Of course they have to deny... look what happened to Supermicro's...

    Ah... the spinmeister for the companies, e.g. Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro, that outsourced their hardware and incurred the risk. Of course they have to deny... look what happened to Supermicro's stock: it plummeted on Bloomberg's article.

    The backdoors that are in security video cameras has been well established for at least a year, if not more, and nobody outside the industry seemed to care until the last several months. It doesn't take a giant leap to to think the cleverness of such a program, to wit: undercut global competitors with high quality and inexpensive cameras such that they become a standard in the industry, i.e. Hikvision, would not extend to motherboards.

    I'd like to see the United States require a phase-in program that all circuitry used by the federal and state governments be from sources within the United States. The risk of compromising something that is not easily detected is too great -- besides, we could use some industries here.

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      MimicSquid
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      Right. We insist on military hardware be made domestically, why not (at least) military and governmental computing hardware?

      Right. We insist on military hardware be made domestically, why not (at least) military and governmental computing hardware?

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        clerical_terrors
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        Probably because of raised costs. Unless the US accepts to lower working standards to compete with China's.

        Probably because of raised costs. Unless the US accepts to lower working standards to compete with China's.

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          MimicSquid
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          We already spend billions on weapon systems of dubious efficacy; is there a reason we couldn't move some of that funding to other areas where the simple fact of having more control over the...

          We already spend billions on weapon systems of dubious efficacy; is there a reason we couldn't move some of that funding to other areas where the simple fact of having more control over the production provides increased value?

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            clerical_terrors
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            Supposing that the people in charge are entirely rational, reasonable, and not prone to put their own concerns over those of the nation's: yes.

            Supposing that the people in charge are entirely rational, reasonable, and not prone to put their own concerns over those of the nation's: yes.

            1. MimicSquid
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              I dunno, lots of things get done because it'll make a single congressman's constituents happy. We normally call it pork, but it would work for this purpose.

              I dunno, lots of things get done because it'll make a single congressman's constituents happy. We normally call it pork, but it would work for this purpose.