Overlooked in this story is the Clinton administration’s decontrol of defense exports in 1995. Super computers were sold to China that aided them in design of missiles and missile warheads. Also sold to China were the machine tools to make quiet submarine propellers. Then, in November 2007, an undetected Chinese submarine surfaced near an American carrier. Undetected because of the machine tools sold? It was a chest pounding saber rattling moment for the Chinese and the missile firing off our coast November 8 was the same thing.
Of course, Chinese backed North Korea has had several recent saber rattling moments themselves. Whether it is connected, who knows.
I also find it interesting that the Chinese and Russians announced just yesterday (Nov. 24) they are not going to use the U.S. dollar in trade between themselves. The are the number 1 and 9 owners of the U.S. dollar in the world.
Hmmmm, just realized all this took place in November over a 15 year period. Whatever that means…
Having worked in engineering for 41 years and in aerospace for 39 years, I knew that this was a missile plume and not an aircraft contrail which is an absurd cover up. I also worked on “smart” missiles and torpedoes for 39 years and on missile tracking using plumes and finding the missile (called “hardbody”) in the presence of these much “brighter” (higher intensity or heat signatures plumes) for several years. This included processing real and very high fidelity synthetic signatures of Russian ICBMs like the SS-25 and SS-18.
I do have severe worries about the national debt and how much of our debt is owned by China. We need to get the debt under control but in a smart way. I always believed that canceling the F-22 was a big mistake and canceling the JSF would be a very, much larger mistake. I know the JSF has budget and technical challenges with the technical challenges as being huge being recognized at the outset by knowledgeable people in aerospace due to the tremendous design constraints, performance requirements and commonality for 3 types of airplanes (commonality is always a tremendous challenge). This program needs to continue because the F16 is a rapidly aging airplane and this maintains a defensive superiority over China.
This is probably well known but back in the 70s and 80s the kids toy the “Speak and Spell” was on an “Export Control List” due to the speech processing capabilities in this kids toy. Of course these processing capabilities have gone much beyond that now.