Is China’s cyberespionage a military game-changer?

Military delegates arrive at a session of the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing, March 12, 2019. (Wu Hong/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

According to an internal Navy review last week, China has the U.S. Navy “under cyber siege,” and Navy suppliers and contractors struggle to stem the supply-chain security breaches. Other experts claim that China has reportedly stolen over 50 terabytes of data related to U.S. stealth fighters, radars, missiles and engines over the past 15 years.

Can China steal its way to dominance in military technology? For national security policymakers, this is a heated debate. Beijing has fielded technologies that seem to resemble advanced U.S. weapon systems, aviation prototypes and other military technologies.

The evidence that China may have appropriated sensitive technology echoes warnings from defense analysts such as Richard Clarke, who argues

... read more at: