Pentagon Circulates Software ‘Do Not Buy’ List

The US Department of Defence has begun circulating a “do not buy” list of software it considers to have Russian and Chinese connections, in the country’s latest tightening of restrictions on foreign tech influence.

The Chinese and Russian governments have called previous US restrictions on companies such as Russian security software firm Kaspersky Lab and Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE examples of US protectionism.

The list is designed to highlight software that doesn’t meet national security standards, said Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord.

She told news website Defense One that the list indicates software considered to have Russian or Chinese provenance, something that might not be evident because of the use of holding companies.

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Source: Silicon