China steals 614 gigabytes of data from Navy contractor, while we probe Russian “collusion”

Just read another article about Russian collusion, this one on Monday in Vox about why there might, possibly, circumstantially be something dangerous or suspicious in past contacts between the Donald Trump Presidential campaign or its members or associates and anyone who ever knew or worked for Vladimir Putin.

Xi Jinping

He’s smiling now!

It’s tiring to read the same old litany about why Trump beat Hillary Clinton, and you might conclude “what difference, at this point, does it make,” as she once noted.

But it does make a big difference to the giant in the room – China!

Xi Jinping, anointed China’s lifelong leader, is suddenly smiling in his noodles, as America’s media seem to be continually chasing ghosts, while our country is burglarized.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that China has hacked the computers of a Navy contractor to steal 614 gigabytes of data.

The stolen data compromised the Newport, RI, Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center, where research and development on submarine systems is conducted.

Stolen data included, “signals and sensor data, submarine radio room information relating to cryptographic systems, and the Navy submarine development unit’s electronic warfare library,” according to the Post.

This theft also gained data on the Navy’s new “Sea Dragon” weapon system. A Navy spokesperson said the weapon was a “disruptive offensive capability” created by “integrating an existing weapon system with an existing Navy platform.” The weapon was to start underwater weapons testing later this year and be ready for service in 2020.

What is Sea Dragon? The Navy is not telling, but military expert author Kyle Mizokami said there are clues:

The fact that the missile is based upon “an existing weapon system” is a huge clue, as is the fact that it’s supersonic. All four of the Navy’s offensive missiles: the Harpoon anti-ship missile, Tomahawk land attack missile, the new Naval Strike Missile, and the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile are all subsonic missiles. We can count those weapons out.

What other existing Navy missiles fit the bill? Mizokami said just one: the  Standard Missile (SM) 6 air defense missile, or SM-6.

The latest development of the Standard series of surface-to-air missiles, SM-6 is designed to be launched by U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers to defend the fleet from cruise missiles, manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft, and even short-range ballistic missiles.

The SM-6 has a range of about 180 miles and is quite supersonic, capable of 3.5 times the speed of sound, or 2,685 miles an hour.

Mizokami said the missile has the the ability to take targeting data from other Navy assets, including the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The system is known as Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air or NIFC-CA.

In 2016, the Navy sank the decommissioned frigate Reuben James (yes, that Reuben James, the star of the Tom Clancy novel Red Storm Rising) with SM-6 missiles. The same E-2D in the scenario could instead detect a Chinese naval task force, and the same destroyer could launch the same missiles, only to destroy enemy ships.

The immense danger of having this defense department information stolen, seems dismissed by our politicians. They consider China our “friend”, and friends should have no reason to use our secret weapons against us.

But if China doesn’t want or need our military secrets, why are they stealing them?

Perhaps the Post is finally waking up, as their data theft investigation concluded:

For years, Chinese government hackers have siphoned information on the U.S. military, underscoring the challenge the Pentagon faces in safeguarding details of its technological advances.

Over the years, the Chinese have snatched designs for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; the advanced Patriot PAC-3 missile system; the Army system for shooting down ballistic missiles known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense; and the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship, a small surface vessel designed for near-shore operations, according to previous reports prepared for the Pentagon.

For more details on China’s military might see this timely report.

And if you enjoy comparing and contrasting, consider the proven threat of China stealing major defense secrets vs. the impact on our future of the indirect publication of John Podesta’s or Clinton’s emails.

I vote China. Xi, not Putin, is our enemy number one.

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