Tuesday, May 28, 2013

U.S. weapons system designs obtained by Chinese cyberspies

[A must-read. - c]

In January, a public version of this report stated that the Pentagon is unprepared to counter a full-scale cyber-conflict.

The list of compromised weapons designs is contained in a confidential version, and it was provided to The Washington Post.

Some of the weapons form the backbone of the Pentagon's regional missile defense for Asia, Europe and the Persian Gulf.

Stolen designs included:

The advanced Patriot missile system, known as PAC-3

An Army system for shooting down ballistic missiles, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD

The Navy's Aegis ballistic-missile defense system

The F/A-18 fighter jet

The V-22 Osprey

The Black Hawk helicopter

The Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship, which is designed to patrol waters close to shore

[And the kicker...]

The most expensive weapons system ever built — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is on track to cost about $1.4 trillion

[link to full public report]