This sale is dangerous to U.S. security because it involves the transfer of advanced battery technology, which produces longer-life, lighter-weight, higher-power and more stable batteries that can operate in both very low and very high temperatures. In China's hands, the new A123 technology will threaten U.S. electrical power and communications grids. Vice Admiral Barry Costello, former commander of the Navy's Third Fleet, says the sale of A123 will give a big boost to China's military expansion and warfare capability in space, cyber warfare, and unmanned vehicles, all of which rely on battery power. A123 employs more than 100 American scientists and engineers working on sensitive materials that are part of what is being sold to China. If China gets access to A123's commercial applications, it will be easy for China to reverse-engineer the military applications and increase its tremendous military power.
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