Air Force general warns: China boosts military capability by recruiting both current and former U.S. service members
China is rapidly advancing the skills of its military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), by poaching current and former personnel from the United States Armed Forces.
This is according to Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., the head of the U.S. Air Force and President Brandon’s nominee to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He warned of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) infiltration of the Armed Forces through a document distributed to Air Force personnel obtained by media outlets. (Related: INDOCTRINATED: Chinese firms with ties to the CCP are purchasing American private schools with strong military training programs.)
In this document, Brown warned that the Chinese government wants to “fill gaps in their military capability” by using the skills and expertise of current and former U.S. military personnel.
“[China] wants to exploit your knowledge and skill,” wrote Brown, explaining that “U.S. and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)-trained military talent across specialties and career fields” are at risk of being targeted by third-party firms and organizations working for the CCP and offering lucrative consulting jobs to people connected to the U.S. military.
“By essentially training the trainer, many of those who accept contracts with these foreign companies are eroding our national security, putting the very safety of their fellow service members and the country at risk and may be violating the law,” said Brown.
Air Force personnel popular targets of Chinese recruiters
One agent within the Air Force Office of Special Investigation (OSI) – the main internal law enforcement arm of the Air Force – noted that popular targets of the CCP for possible recruitment include pilots, former aerospace ground equipment maintainers and landing-signals officers.
The third-parties contracted by the CCP approach active U.S. service members and veterans with very lucrative contracts to do consulting, training or advising work. Most of the times the third parties do their best to conceal the fact that the trainees these service members and veterans will be overseeing are tied to the Chinese military.
The Air Force OSI agent noted that, for current and former Air Force personnel specifically, Chinese military-linked postings are sometimes advertised on professional networking sites and job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed that hide the true nature of the work. Individuals can also be targeted through headhunting emails sent to people with sought-after skill sets or are approached directly by recruiters at defense industry functions.
“We want to make sure that people understand: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is,” the agent said, warning that many military veterans and service members might be tempted to take the offer even after the ties to China become apparent.
The Air Force said in a statement that it has already taken steps to counter this grave threat to national security, including by blacklisting companies and organizations with associations with the PLA from subcontracting with the Air Force.
Brown said he is asking Air Force service members to reject these suspicious offers and to report them to their higher-ups. He has also asked for help from other Air Force officers “to address the same issue within their ranks.”
“Protecting our national defense information is the responsibility of each service member and veteran,” said Brown.
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