Two US senators have introduced legislation a bill, dubbed Manufacturing, Investment and Controls Review for Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property and Supply ACT (MICROCHIPS Act – S. 2316) that aims at protecting US government supply chain against foreign sabotage and cyber espionage. The bill is part of a national strategy to assess and prevent risks to critical US technologies.
“S.2316 – A bill to require a plan for strengthening the supply chain intelligence function, to establish a National Supply Chain Intelligence Center, and for other purposes.” reads the description for the MICROCHIPS Act.
The MICROCHIPS Act was introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia), both pointed out that Chinese cyber espionage activities threaten the technological growth of the United States.
“Chinese companies export telecommunication technology equipment, software, hardware and services used in the United States, and hope to export fifth generation technology (5G) to the U.S.
Crapo and Warner warned that the efforts of the US government in increasing
The MICROCHIPS Act would address China’s practice of four non-kinetic areas of warfare: Supply chain exploitation; cyber-physical attacks,
The legislation would require a congressional summary focused on the security
“Directs the Director of National Intelligence, DOD and other relevant agencies to develop a plan to increase supply chain intelligence within 180 days”
“Establishes a National Supply Chain Security Center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to collect supply chain threat information and disseminate it to agencies with the authority to intervene; and Makes funds available under the Defense Production Act for federal supply chain security enhancements.”