Lawmakers says counterfeits flood Pentagon supply

AP News

11/7/2011 2:19:41 PM - AP News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee say counterfeit electronic parts, mostly from China, are flooding the supply chain for the Pentagon.Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain said Monday that the panel's investigators found about 1,800 cases containing more than 1 million suspect parts. Levin said the cases are "just the tip of the iceberg."Levin and McCain said the counterfeit parts endanger U.S. troops and cost the taxpayers.The two spoke to reporters one day before a committee hearing on the issue with Defense Department officials and company executives.The committee investigators found that more than 70 percent of the cases tracked to China.