October 04, 2020

Are Chinese Drones a National Security Threat or Required for the National Interest?

Featuring Elsa B. Kania

Source: The Wire China

Journalist Eli Binder

Before DJI, a Chinese drone company, was named a national security threat, it was the darling of the U.S. government, used by federal agencies, the military and more than 900 local and state law enforcement and emergency service agencies. In fact, the company so dominates the global market for small drones that even though parts of the national security establishment have worked to block it, other federal agencies have continued to embrace DJI drones and order more, arguing that their operations depended on them. The contrast reveals just how inconsistent and uncoordinated implementation of the U.S. governmentʼs China policy has been, and how a “national security threat” can, at times, be in the eye of the beholder.

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Authors

  • Elsa B. Kania

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Chinese military...