US vulnerability to high tech espionage
The latest in the never ending string of the Russian spy busts in US, this case involved high tech transfers. The very simple (as an idea, though implementation and operation are more challenging), but clearly effective scheme is described in this Dept of Justice filing with a court.
It appears to be alarmingly simple to implement such an operation in the US. There is no reason to believe that this was a singular event. The tech transfer controls work only if the producer companies know where their products are going. The apparent ease with which they can be misled is an invitation to Russia, China, and whoever else wishes to obtain cutting edge technologies in the semiconductor (and other) businesses of the US.
Although it is anyone's guess what the extent of this kind of espionage is in reality, it is interesting to speculate what other uses the controlled US technologies may find in Russia and China (probably the bulk of this business). This particular case points to anti-ship missile technologies, plus MiG-35 avionics - all microchip and other transistor tech-related.
It would also be interesting to discuss the extent of the reverse activity - illegal use of Russian (and maybe Chinese) technologies in the West.