The Impact of China-Linked Contractors on U.S. Security

by C. Alexander Ohlers at

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would force TikTok’s Chinese owner to either sell the video app or have it banned in the United States.

Although there is a debate over the details and approach of the law itself, the bill represents growing concerns over just how far the tentacles of Chinese spying reach.

Indeed, these tentacles are expanding well beyond TikTok through the complex and expanding sea of international economic cooperation, advancing technologies and intelligence gathering methods, intensive military integration with foreign partners, and the role of independent firms with valuable information. As a result, significant risks to U.S. intelligence have been identified in foreign bases where U.S. military technologies are used, at home through critical threats to U.S. infrastructure and technologies, and, most recently, through U.S. contracting firms with links to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).