The FBI arrested Noshir Gowadia, a former Northrop Grumman engineer who worked on the development of the B-2 stealth bomber program, in Hawaii on Oct. 26 for allegedly passing secret technology to three foreign governments. FBI officials said that Gowadia worked from 1968 to 1986 at Northrop, where he worked on the development of the B-2 propulsion system. The bureau alleges that Gowadia disclosed military technology secrets related to the bomber to unidentified foreign governments in order to help them in improving their own technology—and for money. Read the FBI announcement.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.