This article may be of interest as it is a current look at the persistent, “insider threat” that the PRC and other state sponsors of industrial espionage pose to the national economic security of the US and our Western allies. 2 cases of economic espionage in Apple in the last 6 months involving Chinese nationals is noteworthy and along with the other, recent DOJ prosecutions of Chinese nationals involved in the same crimes may add emphasis to our trade negotiations currently ongoing with China.
In November 2018, just days before he resigned, AG Sessions announced new DOJ actions to counter Chinese espionage threats by identifying and prioritizing cases of those trade thefts, pool FBI and DOJ resources that are currently working that issue and if required ask Congress for additional statutory authorities to protect U.S. assets from economic espionage. Then, on December 12, 2018, officials from the DOJ, the FBI and the DHS testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that: “China is working to steal trade secrets to harm America’s economy…” Quoting Assistant AG General John Demers: “We cannot tolerate a nation that steals the fruit of our brainpower…”
None of this is a surprise to any of you “China hands” who have worked the problem over the last 30+ years. The thing that seem different to me is that our leadership in DC seem more willing to take action to slow these collection efforts by the PRC.
A short but perhaps interesting article on the world’s 20 busiest ports. Interesting because 10 of them are Chinese (including the first 4 and 8 of the top 10.)
Our colleague, MG Tom Needham, was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Dak To, RVN, in November, 1967. I first sent this NY Times article to him for his comments and thought you might find both those comments and the article of interest. For those who have been in combat or been on law enforcement raids, this is one’s worst fear. I cannot imagine how badly the USAF pilot has felt on knowing his role in this all too common friendly-fire tragedy.
Thank you Tom for sharing your thoughts and insights.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS ALL TRUE. IT CAUSED 40 KIA. DURING THE ENTIRE BATTLE OF DAK TO THE BDE HAD 225 KIA AND ALMOST 800 MEDEVACED WIA. FATHER WATERS THE BN CHAPLAIN, GOT THE MOH FOR GIVING THE LAST RIGHTS OF THE Catholic Church BEFORE THE SECOND BOMB KILLED HIM.
BEFORE HE WAS KILLED HE WAS ASKED HOW HE KNEW WHO WAS CATHOLIC AND HE SAID : “IT DOES NOT MATTER AS THEY ARE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN”.
I WAS ABOUT TWO KLICKS AWAY. THE BN CDR WAS TRYING TO ADJUST THE AIRSTRIKE AND THE PILOT HIT THE WRONG TARGET. THE BN CDR WAS A USMA GRAD AND NOT RELIEVED. BY THE TIME THE CG GOT ON THE SCENE, HE ASKED TO SPEAK TO THE SENIOR PERSON PRESENT. AN E-6 OF 2-503 GOT ON THE RADIO, THE GENERAL CALMED HIM DOWN, AN TOLD HIM TO GET EVERYONE TOGETHER AND THEN STARTED TO FIRE ARTILLERY. HE TOLD THE SGT THAT HE WAS SENDING THE REST OF THE BDE, THREE UNDERSTRENGTH BNS, TO GET THE REMAINING SOLDIERS TOGETHER AND BE SURE TO TELL THE TROOPS WE WERE COMING IN THE NEXT MORNING WHICH WAS THANKSGIVING DAY. I CANNOT DESCRIBE THE SCENE. MG PEERS, CG 4TH ID WHO WE WERE OPCON TO, MOVED ONE OF HIS BDES TO BACK US IT UP. TEARS ARE RUNNING FROM MY EYES AS I TYPE THIS. THE CG WAS AWESOME, LANDED AT DAWN AND TOOK COMMAND ON THE GROUND. AS YOU KNOW, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN VERY OFTEN.
I CANNOT BELIEVE NOR FORGIVE OUR ARMY FOR WITHHOLDING THIS INFORMATION/STORY FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS.
An recent update in the Washington Post of the UK Brexit from the EU for those that want to know more about PM May’s current challenges in that complex arena. It truly is an issue requiring a program to keep up with the parties, people and changes in positions.
The collective madness behind Britain’s latest Brexit plan - The Washington Post