In California, a former U.S. Army pilot sells classified aviation research to China’s communist regime.
In Kentucky, leaders of a defense contracting company allegedly conspire to sell technical drawings to China and illicitly introduce Chinese parts into the Pentagon’s supply Chain.
In Illinois, a China-based company allegedly bribes workers to steal proprietary communications technology from their American employers.
In Washington, a government agency is believed to be hacked by China-based cyber criminals who specialize in collecting national defense secrets.
These events highlight just some of the numerous methods that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using to co-opt next-generation American technologies for the benefit of its own military modernization program.
Indeed, American technology is fueling communist China’s military development to such an extent that experts believe, and reports attest, the issue presents a clear and present danger to both the United States and the international order which it leads.
Questions linger. How does American technology find its way into the hands of the CCP? Why don’t the companies providing that technology do more to stop it? How deep does the threat to America really go?
A People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force WZ-7 high-altitude reconnaissance drone is seen a day before the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai in southern China’s Guangdong Province on Sept. 27, 2021. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)
Casey Fleming is the CEO of strategic risk and counterintelligence firm BlackOps Partners. His job these days mostly focuses on sounding the alarm and working to counter the CCP’s strategy of hybrid warfare, which he considers to pose an existential risk to the United States.
In large part, he says, espionage conducted by actors in or associated with U.S. companies supercharges the development of the CCP’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
“The CCP obtains our technologies through cyber espionage, CCP or PLA ‘employees’, or compromised American employees through monetary compensation or blackmail, including contractors and in the supply chain,” Fleming said.
“Mostly, it obtains technology through espionage and IP theft, though roughly one-third is through legitimate means including partnerships and CCP law requirements.”
To that end, a Department of Justice statement in November 2021 reported that 80 percent of all economic espionage prosecutions conducted by the department since 2018 involved conduct that directly benefited the CCP.
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