June 06, 2019

U.S. military risks falling victim to China’s effort to gain technology edge, report warns

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist: Paul Sonne

The U.S. military may be close to falling victim to a “deliberate, patient and robustly resourced” Chinese strategy to blunt the technological advantages of the American armed forces, a new report co-written by the Pentagon’s former No. 2 official warned.

The study — written by former deputy defense secretary Robert O. Work and his former special assistant, Greg Grant — details what the authors describe as a five-pronged Chinese strategy to end and ultimately outstrip the American military’s technological superiority. The goal in the short term is to make it too costly for Washington to intervene in the Western Pacific, and to eventually become the world’s premier military force, according to the study.

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been patiently stalking the U.S. military for two decades,” the report says. “It has studied the preferred American way of war and devised a strategy to exploit its weaknesses and offset its strengths — particularly its military-technological strengths.”

Read the full article and more in The Washington Post.


  • Robert O. Work

    Senior Counselor for Defense and Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security

    Secretary Robert O. Work is the Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security at the Center for a New American Security and the owner of TeamWork, LLC, which s...

  • Greg Grant

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program, Senior Principal, MITRE’s National Security Sector

    Greg Grant is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He brings eight years of experience working in the Department ...