Amid intensifying warnings about foreign spies and criminals infiltrating new 5G networks and the military supply chain, the Pentagon has been considering publicly releasing a “blacklist” of companies it believes could pose risks to its weapons based on using risky suppliers.
The Defense Department is considering a long-debated proposal for publicly blackballing companies with risky supply chains, multiple sources in government and the private sector told Yahoo News. However, the sources cautioned that the blacklist, at least as discussed, isn’t likely to be implemented anytime soon, given the difficulties of enforcing it with an interconnected global military supply chain estimated at some $100 billion.
"The Department of Defense continually reviews and assesses various supply chain risk factors when deciding what courses of action to take in defense of our national security,” wrote Lt Col Mike Andrews, a department spokesman, in an email to Yahoo News.
“The Department of Defense continues to work through the interagency process to communicate on such matters with other Federal agencies, Congress, and industry for improved protection across the National Security Innovation Base."