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3 US Companies That Allegedly Sent Defense Blueprints To China Receive Export Denial Order

Authored by Mary Hong via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

The Commerce of Business has issued a temporary denial order (TDO) for 180 days to three U.S. companies for the illegal export of data relating to satellite, rocket, and defense technology to China.

This picture released on Jan. 11, 2019 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS shows the Yutu-2 moon rover, taken by the Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon. – China will seek to establish an international lunar base one day, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities, the Chinese space agency said on Janu. 14, weeks after landing the rover on the moon’s far side. (China National Space Administration/AFP via Getty Images)

On June 7, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) accused three U.S.-based companies of unauthorized export of technical drawings and blueprints used to 3-D print satellite, rocket, and defense-related prototypes to China.

The three entities are Quicksilver Manufacturing Inc., Rapid Cut LLC, and U.S. Prototype Inc., all located in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Outsourcing 3-D printing of space and defense prototypes to China harms U.S. national security,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew Axelrod in a statement on June 8.

By sending their customers’ technical drawings and blueprints to China, these companies may have saved a few bucks—but they did so at the collective expense of protecting U.S. military technology.

According to the statement, TDOs are some of the most significant civil sanctions the BIS can issue.

The statement indicated, “Without their customers’ advance consent or knowledge, these drawings were provided to manufacturers in China to 3-D-print the items without the required U.S. Government authorizations.”

As stated in the TDO, these three entities use “the same rental mailbox.”

“The information illegally sent to China included sensitive prototype space and defense technologies,” said the BIS.

A 3D printer makes a plastic extender for surgical masks in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 14, 2020. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The statement also encouraged customers of the three entities to “review their records to determine whether intellectual-property or export-controlled technology was provided and/or potentially compromised.”

The BIS did not disclose the customers that have contracts with the three entities.

According to the TDO, the customers include an aerospace and global defense technology company; a manufacturer of specially designed parts intended for a rocket platform’s ground support and test equipment; and an advanced science and engineering company with multiple U.S. government contracts, including with the Department of Defense.

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