Citing ‘Unacceptable Risk,’ Pentagon Halts Sales of Chinese Smartphones on Military Bases
(TNS) — WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has ordered retail stores on its bases around the world to cease selling all smartphones and devices made by two Chinese companies, citing security concerns.
It marked the latest salvo by the federal administration against Chinese or Russian companies that sell technology that could pose a national security risk or leave people using it vulnerable to hacking.
A Pentagon spokesman, Maj. David W. Eastburn, said all smartphones, modems, personal Wi-Fi hotspots and other devices made by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. had been removed from stores at military facilities.
“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to department’s personnel, information and mission,” Eastburn said.