Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2701, the House Intelligence Authorization Act, which includes an amendment from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Shea-Porter’s amendment requires the bill’s review of threats to America’s defense and intelligence systems to also include dangers from original products - not just counterfeits - made by foreign manufacturers. Yesterday, Shea-Porter spoke on the House floor and urged her colleagues to support her amendment.
A number of recent reports focus on the dangers posed by attacks on the supply chain. The 2009 National Intelligence Strategy refers to our enemies’ intent to penetrate “our critical infrastructure, information systems, and leading industries” and links it with the need to “assure the supply chain.” (See pages 67 to 74 to read about cyber attacks from 1999 – 2009).
“Hazardous foreign products are a danger to America’s security,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “Many original foreign products present the same risks as counterfeit ones, and my amendment would require that these products be assessed for possible threats. Services provided by foreign companies can also present security risks. With our national security increasingly dependent on computer-reliant technology, we must ensure that the products and services we buy and use are not vulnerable to cyber attacks.”
In addition to broadening the review of the global supply chain with Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s amendment, the House Intelligence Authorization Act also increases funding for counterintelligence activities, enhances cybersecurity efforts, improves language training for intelligence officials, and prohibits the release or transfer of individuals held at Guantanamo Bay to the United States until the President provides a plan to Congress.
“This bill strengthens our national security by providing the intelligence community with the resources they need to keep Americans safe,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am well aware of the threats we face, and this bill does an excellent job of funding the programs we need to defend our country.”