By: Marc King

In the March edition of “ARMY Magazine,” there was published an article entitled “Research Office Fuels Groundbreaking Discoveries.”

The article talked about how…

… through the efforts of the Army Research Office and other DoD research entities, we are spending money in the furtherance of improving the operational capabilities of the force.”

This raised a “Red Flag”. After reading the entire article, I felt compelled to address this “Red Flag” matter to the Editor of ARMY Magazine for him to share with the wider military community.

My concerns as provided in my letter:

“…one thing caught my eye that I believe bears mentioning given the current political situation we find ourselves in with the government of China. In every case offered in the article, there is a mention of work that is being performed at several of our major universities. Harnessing the brain power and advanced thinking of the best and brightest of our universities is a worthy effort… but, it begs the question “Who are these Professors and their students and where is the knowledge on what they develop and learn really going“?

We cannot bury our collective heads in the sand and pretend that there is not an orchestrated effort, on the part of the Chinese Government, to acquire as much technical data and information in all areas of our defense work. A glance at their most advanced stealth fighter tells you almost all you need to know. The DoD has promulgated new requirements for securing IT networks that are costing industry hundreds of millions to increase security and reduce, if not eliminate, cyber theft of critical defense information. So, at the risk of being labeled a Sinophobe, we must ask — who is watching the universities and the students that are working on all of these “groundbreaking discoveries?”

We know for a fact that the effort to acquire U.S. technologies is real. According to Department of Justice court documents, since 2008, Dr. Lieber who has served as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, which specialized in the area of nanoscience, has received more than $15,000,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD). These grants require the disclosure of significant foreign financial conflicts of interest, including financial support from foreign governments or foreign entities. Unbeknownst to Harvard University, beginning in 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and was a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan from about 2012 to 2017. China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruit plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security. These talent programs seek to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.

In 2020, there were some 372,000 Chinese Nationals registered to attend classes at our universities. Upon graduation, some might stay in America to enjoy the opportunities that are offered by our nation. But. many will return to China, with the information they have acquired in their respective engineering and math departments, where they will be expected to share what they have learned … some of it funded by our own Defense Department.

The letter was submitted to the Editor in Chief in late March. On March 22d, I received the following from the Managing Editor of ARMY Magazine: “Hello LTC King, Thank you very much for your Letter to the Editor of ARMY magazine. We would like to use your Letter in an upcoming issue; however, it is very long at about 850 words. We were wondering if you would be willing to trim the Letter down to about 400 words and send it back? That would be most appreciated. My boss also advises against reusing the paragraph about the 372,000 Chinese students.

This last request was the first clue as to what was to follow. But I did as requested and shortened my letter to just 432 words and resubmitted it for publication. Today, I received another email from the Managing Editor of ARMY Magazine that said:

“Thank you very much for reworking your Letter to the Editor of ARMY magazine. I’m afraid our Editor in Chief has turned it down for publication. He did not give me a reason.”

The reason is obvious — no one, not even the Editor in Chief of ARMY Magazine is going to do anything, say anything or publish anything that might run contrary to the Administration’s line regarding China.

The Chinese have been stealing our technology and advanced research for years and no one gives a hoot to call it out! The Engineering Departments of our most prestigious universities are full of Chinese Nationals “just getting an education.” But we know when they return home, as many of them do, they will be required to turn over everything they learned — especially when what they learned was paid for by our own Department of Defense.

I know this is a real problem because I have experienced it myself while still the President of a company that manufactured body armor for the DoD. I’ll close with my own experience as I characterized it in my Letter to the Editor:

“I know from my own personal experience what all of this means. As the president of the largest body armor manufacturer, an ITAR controlled item, while supplying body armor to the DoD in the mid to late 2000s, we were asked to assist the Engineering Department of the University of Southern California (USC) with the development of a sensor that would tell a soldier if their body armor was serviceable or not. The program was developing nicely until a group of four Chinese Nationals, students in the Engineering Department of USC, showed up to witness the testing on the solution that they had helped develop. They had been given complete access to an ITAR controlled item and were expecting to be allowed to enter an ITAR controlled facility because their funding had been provided by PM Soldier … the DoD’s guardians of body armor technology.”

The outcome of my personal encounter made me aware that no matter how much I was harassed by the government about my ITAR procedures, protecting body armor information, ensuring all my employees were US Citizens or Green Card Holders — that information, technology and data were being handed over to foreign nations in the name of science and technology.”

If we do not pull our collective heads out of the sand, the Communist Chinese Party IS going to eat our lunch and we will not even see it disappear!

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