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US electronic industry, officials describe 'ticking time bomb' of counterfeit weapons parts
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Electronic industry officials say counterfeit parts flooding the Defense Department's supply chain are a "ticking time bomb."
The officials along with government investigators and company executives testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The panel is conducting an ongoing investigation into suspect electronics from China that end up in weapons systems, helicopters and aircraft.
Sen. Carl Levin, the committee chairman, said China declined to send a witness to answer the committee's questions.
The committee's investigation found about 1,800 cases of suspect counterfeit electronics being sold to the Pentagon. The total number of parts in these cases topped 1 million. By the semiconductor industry's estimates, counterfeiting costs $7.5 billion a year in lost revenue and about 11,000 U.S. jobs.
Levin said the counterfeit parts put U.S. troops at risk.