>> The US military is too dependent on vital components made overseas, especially those manufactured in China. That's the finding of a Pentagon report not yet released, which sources tell Reuters concludes that the most powerful military on Earth could have an Achilles heel, its supply chain.
uters correspondent, Phil Stewart.
>> They've determined that there are hundreds of vulnerabilities in their supply chain for critical materials. And this could be things that go into missiles, things that go into hardware on satellites that could be very sensitive systems in a crisis. So what you're seeing right now is a recognition that products made overseas, with very complicated manufacturing, could be manipulated through sabotage, or through cutting off the supply chain in a way that could undermine US defense industrial base.
>> The study, when released, will not list the potential weaknesses, that's classified. The US military is reliant on the sort of manufacturing that has been outsourced overseas in recent decades. And officials said China will be given special attention in the review.>> China presents an inherent vulnerability. Right now, the US Relies on Chinese components in a lot of our consumer electronics, including our cellphones.
What you're seeing a lot of in US cyber policy is a concern that Chinese-made technology could be manipulated, since there's such strong link between the Chinese state and Chinese industry.>> The report comes at a time of mounting trade tensions and retaliatory tariffs between Washington and Beijing. The Pentagon's focus on China, part of an effort by the Trump administration to face China's growing economic and military clout.
The loss of America's manufacturing is often framed in terms of jobs and trade deficit rather than national security.