Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri preemptively removed camera systems made by Hikvision, a company that is known to be partially owned and subsidized by the Chinese Government. Officials from the base emphasized that the decision wasn't due to espionage concerns about the Chinese Communist Party having access to spying on US Military bases because the camera systems were in a closed circuit within its own network but as a precaution to avoid a publicity backlash from the American media.
Hikvision has routinely promised that its cameras are secure, and that its state-owned shareholder doesn't have a say over its daily affairs. It hasn't been formally accused of spying.
But real issue here is why is the US Military even buying Chinese made products in the first place? With endless stories coming out of the woodwork about the Chinese military and their sometimes comical knockoff replicas of US Military Tech, it's baffling to imagine the United States with its top state-of-the-art technology would be depending on Chinese tech. Not just for security sake but also for quality assurance purposes.
The House Committee on Small Business has announced a public hearing on January 30th where it will discuss internet security risks for small business. Singling out Chinese State owned companies like Hikvision for security questions. Is it too little too late?