"RE-SHORING": A SECURITY MEASURE?

“RE-SHORING”: A SECURITY MEASURE?

One of the issues in the recent American presidential election cycle - an election cycle that I viewed more as a referendum on general conceptions than about either major party candidate - was the issue of "globalism" versus "national sovereignty", and "bringing the jobs home," or "re-shoring". Certainly President-elect Trump made these issues bellwethers of his campaign. But My reasons for interest in these issues was more long term, and to put that into context a bit, over the past decade or so, I've been advancing the idea that unipolarism was back-firing to such an extent that various factions, even within the globaloney crowd, had to be concerned about the loss of their power base, North America, and hence, might be looking to "retrench" themselves into that power base, by bringing manufacturing back to the USA and Canada.

In advancing these hypotheses, on the late Ms. George Ann Hughes' The Byte Show and occasionally in conversations on Catherine Austin Fitts' Solari Report website, I've also pointed out that the process of three-d printing or additive manufacturing as it is also sometimes called, resembled an attempt to de-centralize manufacturing and to make it highly modular. These considerations, I argued, were made in the interests of "national security," in that distributed manufacturing made it very difficult to interdict or target, while at the same time securing a supply of needed and crucial components in the manufacturing technology tree.

With that in mind, Mr. G.L.R. shared this very insightful article by Mr. Charles Hugh Smith:

Why Reshore Manufacturing? It's the Only Way to Avoid Defective Pirated Parts

Notably, Mr. Smith's argument is similar to mine, and emphasizes the long-term strategic benefits to re-shoring:

Reshoring the entire supply chain so it can be trusted is the low-cost solution once you add up the total lifecycle cost of a hopelessly counterfeit global supply chain.
There are two basic arguments against bringing manufacturing that was transferred overseas (offshored) back to America (reshoring):
1. It's too costly
2. The supply chain is now in China/Asia and it's not possible to source the parts needed to bring manufacturing back to America.
I beg to differ on both counts: nothing is more costly and destructive to profits than defective, pirated parts made overseas. Counterfeits made to look like legitimate parts are highly profitable to the counterfeiter and immensely damaging and dangerous to the manufacturer and end-user.
In a global economy burdened with massive overcapacity, the only way to maintain profit margins is to lower costs by cutting corners: in effect, defrauding customers by delivering deceptively reduced quantity and quality, and/or defrauding the end-producer by shipping low-cost counterfeit parts that mimic legitimate products.
Citing a Bloomberg article, Mr. Smith draws attention to the strategic implications in an even more pointed fashion:
"Many people believe piracy is limited to handbags and other similar products, but the more serious issue is industrial companies," said Ann-Charlotte Soederlund, co-founder of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Network, an umbrella organization of fake-fighters around the world. "The effects can be immensely larger than the consequence of a fake handbag."
Knock-off building materials have been shown to catch fire. Counterfeit electronics have caused military equipment to fail. And SKF says a sham bearing in a swimming pool pump sparked a fire that burnt a house to the ground.
Mr. Smith ends his article with these comments:
There is a solution that's a lot cheaper than shoveling sand against the counterfeit tide: bring the entire supply chain back to America where production can be verified and the parts tested and ID'd/ labeled with technologies that cannot be counterfeited as easily as the parts.
Come home, America, is not just a political slogan: it's simply good business.
If you want to lose your brand, your pricing power and your customers, by all means, rely on a global supply chain filled with defective parts that cannot possibly be detected. Reshoring the entire supply chain so it can be trusted is the low-cost solution once you add up the total lifecycle costs of a hopelessly counterfeit global supply chain.
Such arguments are not good news to the globaloney crowd, but to me personally, they make sense: recently I've had no less than two cheap DVD players simply quit working, for no reason at all. Brand name? Well, let's just say it's a major brand. Source of the equipment? China.
But as common-sensical as all this might seem to you or me, I suspect that there are much deeper factors in play here, and they bring me to my high octane speculation of the day:
During the recent election-referendum cycle, there was much rhetoric being slung around that a vote for Mrs. Clinton meant a vote for war with Russia. Indeed, even President Putin reinforced that notion. For my part, while I put nothing past the insanity of globaloneysists of the neo-con, Clinton-Bush variety living in their own make-believe fake news world, I was skeptical of the war rhetoric for one simple reason: the corrupted supply chain to the U.S.  military. It's not a good idea to begin any sort of conflict with Russia, which has a much tighter control over its military supply chain, than does the USA, reliant on widgets made here, contraptions made there, thingamagigs imported from there, and whatchamacallits made under license over here. And at each of these points, it is to be noted, Mr. Smith's argument about counterfeits being injected into that supply stream make sense, for each of these "places" constitute points of entry for such a corrupted logistical chain. Indeed, if any such conflict is entertained by the war hawks, then re-shoring isn't simply worth consideration, it's an absolute necessity.  When one adds up the potentialities of distributed, de-centralized manufacturing, additive manufacturing or 3D printing, and "re-shoring," then one is looking at a strategic plan designed to make interdiction of manufacturing difficult, and at a re-vitalization of potential war-making capacity.  Put much of this modular decentralized manufacturing underground and one is looking at... well, Nazi Reichsrustungsminister (Reich Armaments Minister) Albert Speer's plan, ca. 1943-44, on steroids.
And that, in its turn, constitutes a warning on what to watch for if indeed the President-elect's policies are based in any part on such reasoning by his policy advisors.
See you on the flip side...

 

27 thoughts on ““RE-SHORING”: A SECURITY MEASURE?”

  1. Counterfeiting is an interesting aspect but I think the core issue is far simpler.

    If the US and Russia go at it in a limited conventional conflict, what happens when China, because it is friends with both nations, declares neutrality and says it’s not going to supply anything to either country?

  2. Reshoring? Having worked in international transport, may I be the first to assure you that counterfeiting is everwhere and is not only limited to the evil yellow menace..
    Bring manufactoring back to the US? Ok. But the same manufactoring practises will come back with the process. Lets all remember, Outsourcing became interesting because it was CHEAPER than keeping the manufacturing process at home. If private companies have a way to save money and make MORE profit, they WILL do it. This is a big problem for me concerning the privatisation of space ventures. Corners WILL be cut, more profit over the safety of human lives will prevail. Not because people in charge are inherently evil, but because In the immortal words of Mr Crab (from Spongebob) https://youtu.be/IcrRl9CgaVw?t=9
    Dont think for a moment that the Almighty Patriotism of the Good Ol’ Boys back in the Good Ol’ US of A will stop counterfeiting practises.
    What needs to be taken into consideration is that the Chinese dont understand the principle of Intellectuel Property. As far as they are concerned they are not counterfeiting, they are providing a cheaper alternative.
    What I would like to see, is a change in the managerial positions who decide to BUY the counterfeited marchandises and try to pass it off as certified original parts.
    … hang on a minute. .. .. .. … .. Did I see Blackwater down there somewhere??

    1. Oh Dana.. OOHHHHH Enki help us….
      So Prince’s sister is now holding a key governement position..
      Blackwater owned by Monsanto, owned by Bayer… And Blackwater’s CEO’s sister is in a key governement position..Hang on, I need to flame off before going any further.. otherwise Im’ gonna blow up..

  3. Robert Barricklow

    Once upon a time again, we enter the a framed dialectic dichotomy; this time between the phantom re-soured economy[supposedly more in the nationalized vein]; and the an economy humanity needs[instead of corporate bots], the creation of a real living wealth for Earthlings[not robots, cyborgs, transhumanism and their mother corporate bots.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      We find our re-sourced “friend” moving back to the future; in their progress towards a neo-feudalist 21st Century, where humans are more likely to become a version of the commoditized-like soylent green, Vominto discussed earlier.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        They’re more like non-state actors than the nationalist they allude to. Like their comrades in arms, the PMCs[private military contractors] or the Breakaway privateers, with a TV-side pretense of rocket fueled dreams, or you-name–it privatized non-state actor.
        Where, like the PMC’s transnational market for private force chips away at the idea that wars are intended and fought by states that hold a monopoly on legitimate use of force. In fact, what’s happening is indicative of the whole privatized lot: states are increasingly waging war with PMCs.

        1. Robert Barricklow

          I feel lucky. [not botanized once!]
          I’m taking Vominto’s advice
          and go roll some bones[dice]
          Green felt jungle here I come!

  4. In regards to “long-term strategic benefits to re-shoring,” I suspect that the timing of this push has more to do with ‘labor relations’. First, the neocons/banksters/oligarchs off-shored the manufacturing sector. This resulted in massive job shortages. This situation in-turn allowed for massive union-busting. (No class warfare here; keep walking…) When the unions were totally busted and workers were working 20-hour weeks with no benefits, manufacturing could be safely brought home. Hence, the recent drumbeat for “long-term strategic benefits to re-shoring.”

    Note that re-shoring has to be ‘metered’. What the leisure-classes want is enough job-shortage to keep workers cowed and obedient (and low-wage). Too many jobs returning at once would give the workers the ability to union-up again. This job-situation must be avoided at all costs…

    As far as returning the jobs for “the corrupted supply chain to the U.S. military” reasons, this disregards the modern nature of war. Any warfare more serious than busting third-world nations would quickly escalate to theater nukes and then glassed cities. Manufacturing of weapons would simply cease, not be dispersed. Except at “Mad Max” levels…

    1. Thanks for the link Dana yup Trump was right the election was fixed we were damned whether we voted or not or whichever of this scoundrels we voted for.

    2. The Trump “deep state” connections are well known.

      Wilbur Ross helped him avoid bankruptcy 25 years ago. Ross is likely to be Sec of Commerce.

      In the 1980s, Ross was a managing director of one of the Rothchild banks in the USA.

      What a Trump presidency will likely do is make the USA even more corrupt, akin to Mexico. But oh, they make cars powertools in Mexico.

      1. Lost says, “What a Trump presidency will likely do is make the USA even more corrupt…”

        How can the USA become ‘more corrupt’ than it already is? Once the glass is full, how can it become more full?

  5. Joseph does the name Vance Packard ring a bell author of a series of books among which was one titled “The Waste Makers”. Well our oligarchs believe in magic, wizards, spells and since they and their children will not be fighting at the front or they buy their goods at special stores. Why should they care whether products they sell work or not their profits are guaranteed by the suckers they sell them to whether the buyers are government or public. Conning the customer is their motto.

  6. Joseph does the name Vance Packard ring a bell author of a series of books among which was one titled “The Waste Makers”. Ever heard of planned obsolescence these money junkies don’t think never have. By the way is there really a medical condition called dyslexia or are our elites illiterate and cant and don’t read and plain stupid to boot.

  7. Someone within the States Military brass must have made a while ago an assessment why their fancy equipment where failing. They must have known for years. I think the panic got real bad when even senators questioned “like demanding 4 year olds” why the no fly zone in Syria was not allready in place.

    The brass with braincelles left must have dreamed of scenes with Killary demanding this and that thinking she is the brightest tactical supreme commander in the universe. After all, that strategic planners brass must know the history of one such other such “supreme commander” called Hitler and why he lost his brillant thought out wars!

    The dumming down even of the politic circles to the level that Marvel comics become reality and all is as simple like in the Ironmans, Avengers ect… you have a problem!

    With the Neo cons in power much money was made for a lot of people in a despicable inhumane way but the gig was up and few could see that blinded by gigantic hubris. The few who could still see did not opt for a total decimation of their country (possibly the world) and finally acted. After all when all is said and done where are you going to run!!

  8. Curious that we are being seeded with so many heavy metals via chem trails and vaccines. Perhaps humans and other animals are being prepared to be the source material for the 3D printers– in effect, the machines’ ink. Certainly 3D printers will require much metal, especially if they are to be used for manufacturing armaments for the US military in a war scenario. The human body is also home to nearly all other elements on the periodic table (I personally believe all elements) which would make us ideal as a source material, not to mention, humans are certainly in abundance, or over abundance in the twisted minds of the elites. What better way to utilize humans as we become more and more obsolete in their minds? How ironic if we get squished and reprocessed into the material for their 3D printed replacement robots. (I imagine our souls won’t go to waste either and will be captured and put into nano drones or sold to some soul-sucking ghouls in the netherworld).

    Logically, humans as 3D source material for a de-centralized armament manufacturing strategy makes perfect sense, as the raw material would not have to be shipped in from great distances but would instead be accessible in close proximity to the 3D printers all the time until they use up all their local “ink” but ideally this manufacturing advantage will have won the war by this point against the Chinese and Russians who will still have to rely on humans as workers and not as raw materials. Raw material, of course, does not require sleep, food, sufficient health, some ideology, or any type of coddling in order be productive, where as the industrial worker does. All human raw material needs is to be easily cajoled to their 3D printer death and in American society that would be a simple thing to accomplish with offers of free beer, or meds, or sneakers, or lottery tickets, or maybe a chance to be in proximity to some famous person, who will dutifully take his or her 30 pieces of silver or pizza from the state in return for luring some sucker to his or her 3D death. Perhaps even the nanobots seeded into our bloodstream, along with the heavy metals, have been put there for just this purpose– to involuntarily lead us to the “ink factory” when our time is up?

    My hat’s off to to our elites and their ingenuity.

  9. This is a point I have made in past posts, especially where electronic components are concerned, and more specifically integrated circuits and processors. You have no idea what “back doors” and design flaws are “built in”. This is also true of the software “hard wired” into these components. We may be seeing evidence of this in our latest military equipment such as the F-35 and USS Zumwalt along with the littoral ships. Along with this problem is the American manufacturers depending on “upgrades” and repair of “defective parts” as a method of insuring future profits, a point brought out in the first “Robocop” movie.
    Microsoft is notorious for producing products with security holes resembling Swiss Cheese and whose latest products are not even worth considering until their first service pack comes out. The newer android phones have back doors designed in that send your data, etc. to China. The “internet of things” is a security disaster just waiting to happen, as we are just now finding out.
    In this respect, the globalists may have outsmarted themselves and opened a Pandora’s box they will never get the lid back on. When they released the 3D printing phenomenon, they failed to realize that China and the East would take it and run with it, because they had the ability to do so, and the West would be left behind, because they didn’t. Quality control in such an environment is virtually nonexistent and when you’re building your enemies piece parts, well, victory is almost guaranteed.

  10. Regarding war with Russia, if it were fought, it wouldn’t be with normal gear–no F22 used except maybe to start it–with parts and control systems sourced wherever. I’m quite certain, the likes of SAIC, which certainly has mastery of the technology used to powderize those buildings at Church and West Broadway in New York, controls its own supply lines. And Titan Security, which was came out of SAIC, would be the manpower flying those large black triangles.

    As for Sony DVD players, one big source of wear is leaving any DVD player spinning at the “root” of the disk. Also Sony really doesn’t pay attention to its low end lines and more.

    A few reasons the Nazi war machine failed in the 1940s, slave labor doesn’t build complex devices well and the Nazis designed/built complex gear that could not be serviced in the field. Then the Nazis paid the designers-engineers who came up with this complex gear, effectively paid for intellectual property, but then paid little for the production of the gear.

    3D manufacturing won’t be real useful for decades, the slowness is prohibitive, though it can be very useful for complex (expensive) parts made of a single material like metal or ceramic. For such gear to be useful for mass production, it would effectively have to be able to rebuild out of the aether, contents included, those buildings at Church and West Broadway–and do so in a few days. And that wouldn’t be anything like the 3D printing we have today or will have 20 years from now.

  11. It simply shows the utter contempt of the globalists for the peasantry that they have to be sold “reshoring” (aka paying manufacturing jobs for blue collar Americans) as a security measure.

    As Henry Ford said when he doubled the wages of his factory workers, “Someone has to buy these cars.” Such logic seems utterly lost on the globalist pigs hogging the trough.

  12. And when you consider the software/firmware that inevitably accompanies most of these technologies these days, low quality always — ALWAYS — means insecure.

    1. @p_m,

      ALL networked software is insecure. Period.

      If you want security, never connect that system to the internet. It has to be stand alone, which is the only firewall that actually works 100% of the time. All the rest is sales for IT & cyber security firms.

      Does that assembly line or lab really need to part of “the internet of things? No, these things are done simply for convenience and in ignorance.

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