"A Department of Defense Inspector General [DoD IG] report, unearthed yesterday and first reported by DANGER ROOM, said that "the advanced aviation and weapons technology for the JSF [Joint Strike Fighter] program may have been compromised" because procedures for securing classified material weren’t fully followed. In particular, the report called into the question the relationship between BAE and government overseers from the Defense Security Service. The civil servants failed to identify a number of "security weaknesses" at company facilities, the audit alleges. And BAE rebuffed Defense Security Service attempts to examine their internal security audits."
There is a pattern of sloppiness in the way this company (BAE) has administered contracts given to it by the US Department of Defense.
The FBI and DoJ career people have become very aggressive in the last few years in prosecuting cases that they have been building for long periods of time. The AIPAC espionage case comes to mind as another example. There are others and the only thing many of these cases seem to have in common is civil service frustration over an inability to prosecute them earlier. I have the impression that these public servants have been frustrated for a long time because politicians of both parties have blocked prosecution of some of these cases. Why now? I do not know, but there has probably been some "horse trading" in deciding what will be allowed to be prosecuted and what not.
Several commenters have made off hand comments to the effect that they think American companies routinely bribe overseas officials to obtain defense contracts. On the basis of many years of listening to such companies complain bitterly of how much they are disadvantaged by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and by subsidies provided by many overseas governments to their manufacturers, I doubt that it is true that US defense contractors do this. pl