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Mattis Moves to Protect Defense Supply Chain From Rivals' Theft

  • Pentagon chief names task force to guard critical technology
  • He says theft erodes ‘lethality and survivability’ of forces
Jim Mattis
Jim MattisPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has named a task force to recommend ways to protect critical technologies from theft by China, Russia or other adversaries.

“Working with our partners in the defense industry and research enterprise, we must ensure the integrity of our classified information, controlled unclassified information and key data,” Mattis said in the memo dated Oct. 24.