The Air Force is investigating whetheraChineseagentisworking inside the service, a situation similartoadefensecontractorinLosAngeles who was charged with providing sensitive Navy weapons technology to China.
Intelligence sources tell us the probe by the Air Force Office of SpecialInvestigations,theservice’scounterintelligence arm known as OSI, is anoutgrowthoftheChiMakcase.The defense contractor is suspected of beingpartofaspyringthatpassedto China sensitive details of Navy programs, including information on Virginia-class submarines, Aegisequippedshipsandadvancedquieting technology for warships.
The OSI is investigating whether twopersonswhoareintheserviceor areworkingascontractorsmayhave secretly provided detailed information about Air Force weapons programstoBeijing,whichisengagedin major spying operations against the United States, specifically targeting weapons systems.
An OSI spokeswoman had no immediate comment.
The probe represents the second technology compromise for the Air Force.Theservicelostextremelysensitive technology to China in the case of Indian-born defense contractor NoshirS.Gowadia,whowascharged withspyinginafederalindictmentin Hawaii last month. Investigators say Mr.GowadiawaspaidbyChinatoreveal secrets about the radar-evading B-2bomber’sengineexhaustsystem, which is being adapted by China to a stealth cruise missile.