[ISN] Pentagon Says Asian Spies Are Targeting Radiation-Hardened Electronics

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2013/07/pentagon-says-asian-spies-are-targeting-radiation-hardened-electronics/67505/ By Rachel Oswald Global Security Newswire July 26, 2013 The Pentagon has documented a sharp increase in military espionage from the Asia-Pacific region that focuses on specialized electronics designed to withstand radiation, such as that caused by nuclear warfare or accidents, according to an official review released last week. For a number of years, foreign entities from East Asia and the Pacific “have demonstrated a strong interest in obtaining export-controlled U.S. rad-hard circuitry,” states the report by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Service, referring to radiation-hardened electronics. Radiation hardening is a process by which electric components are made to withstand the effects of ionizing radiation released in a nuclear explosion, by commercial atomic reactors or the sun. These strengthened circuits “have applications in nuclear weapons, aerospace vehicles, ballistic missiles, and other electronics used in environments subject to radiation,” the review reads. A number of Asia-Pacific nations with growing space programs could be motivated to seek out information about radiation-resistant technology. […]