industrial espionage is surely more prevalent than reports indicate, and the advent of additive manufacturing with its electronic file-based design processes is a frontier in an ongoing series of skirmishes in technological border wars.
The news that a former employee of United Technologies Corp. was
recently placed under arrest by federal authorities for allegedly trying
to shuttle sensitive, military aerospace-related documents to China was
surely the least of the possible problems facing companies and
governments as they increasingly move their design and development work
to digital realms.
Federal authorities say Yu Long,
who once worked on additive manufacturing and casting processes for
Pratt & Whitney, had a history of involvement on projects like the
F119 engine, a highly sophisticated powerplant used in the F-22 Raptor,
and on the F135 engine which powers the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike
Long was arrested
in Ithaca, NY, and the feds say they also found documents in his
possession which were deemed to be “critical in the development of
technologically advanced titanium for use in advanced aircraft.”
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