- China has been in the news quite a bit
lately especially with the recent reports of the Chinese Government
stealing sensitive military defense designs. There have also been
reports of cyber intrusions into top U.S. companies from China where
intellectual property has been stolen.
- President Obama will be meeting with China’s new president Xi
Jinping next month and many topics will be on their agenda. The
accusations against China and their online tactics will surely be high
on the agenda.
- The Chinese Defense ministry has already rebutted the U.S.
pentagons claims that U.S. military secrets are systematically being
stolen by the Chinese.
- The Chinese ministry of Defense has also pointed out that China
has been producing its own weapon systems without the need of stealing
- China has also released a statement stating that the US remarks
are a misjudgment. First it underestimates the Pentagon's security
capabilities, and second it underestimates the Chinese people's wisdom
- In another statement directed at the U.S. from the Chinese
Defense department - their statement reads in part - China is fully
capable of safeguarding national security, requires the construction of
weapons and equipment. Let's just say, most recently, China's aircraft
carrier, new combat aircraft, transport aircraft and Beidou satellite
navigation system and other equipment to fully illustrate this point.
- The Soviets sold one on their Aircraft carriers ‘the Riga’ to
China in 1988 and the Chinese launched it as the ‘Liaoning.’ The Chinese
shipyards are currently working on their own Aircraft carrier designs.
- The U.S. Pentagon, however, is accusing the Chinese Government
as implementing stolen U.S. military technology into their current Navel
- The Chinese Government is investing heavily in its aerospace
technology and its F-15 fighter Jets are becoming multi-roll aircrafts
with stealth capabilities. The Chinese Navy is also testing their F-15s
for aircraft landings.
- China also has 16 satellites covering the Asia-Pacific region -
‘sat-nav system Beidou (BDS).’ The Chinese Government has mandated the
use of its satellite navigation system by civilians and they plan to go
global by 2020.
- The United States Science Board released a statement stating in
part that the United States cannot be confident that our critical
Information Technology (IT) systems will work under attack from a
sophisticated and well-resourced opponent utilizing cyber capabilities
in combination with all of their military intelligence capabilities.
They have sited thefts of classified data on the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, F/A-18 fighter, and V-22 Osprey tilting-rotor aircraft, as well
as Black Hawk attack helicopter design plans. Specifications for the
Patriot missile system and Aegis and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense
anti-missile systems have also been compromised.
- Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds and the U.S.
defense department needs to find better ways in encrypting its sensitive
data from cyber attracts. The threat is much greater than mere thefts
from cyber thieves and the potential to cause havoc by these cyber
intruders is now a reality.
- Cyber warriors have the potential to disable electric grids
which can cause blackouts of entire regions. Air traffic control
systems can also be shut down by sophisticated and organized
- The U.S. intelligence agencies need to deepen their knowledge
and understanding about our adversaries' and develop better offensive
software. We must also find better ways to safeguard our US nuclear
forces so that they are less vulnerable. Perhaps setting up better Cyber
training programs within the Department of Defense and to recruit and
train the online security teams.
- The more interdependent we are becoming on the world-wide-web
the more venerable we are from advisories that want to do us harm. Our
greatest defense when it comes to our National Security is greater
offensive measures in offsetting whatever threats may come our way.
- Always with love from Suzhou, China
Thomas F O’Neill
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