New Webinar Series

Jim Pietrocini and I have started a new webinar series intended to:

  • Explore important topics in technology, global trends, DoD acquisition activities, and research & development related to U.S. National Security.
  • Invite key thinkers and leaders to share their views, ideas, concerns, and interests.
  • Make the podcasts available to a wide audience and encourage questions for guest speakers, and share ideas for future podcasts.

You can find these webinars under the “Webinars” pull down menu on the home page, or on YouTube under “Smart Future Webinar Series,” and they are also available on my LinkedIn homepage. You can also find the backgrounds of our webinar guests under the “Guest Bios” pull down.

We would love to hear your comments, discussion, and suggestions for future webinars. We plan to publish them every week or two.

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How should the U.S. respond to China’s Taiwan Provocations?

By Evan M. Dudik
edudik@evandudik.com

March 9, 2021

What do you do when a well-armed enemy gives every sign of spoiling for a fight? That’s what China signals by its latest, expanded incursions into Taiwan’s defense zones January 23-24 2021. China’s forces included nuclear-capable bombers, anti-submarine aircraft and fighter escorts. On Monday, March 1, China launched a month-long combined forces exercise in the South China Sea. As public guarantor of Taiwan’s de facto independence, a provocation of Taiwan also provokes the U.S. Continue reading

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How Did We Get Into This Cybersecurity Mess?

Spy satellites quietly move to subscription licensing - Hardware - iTnewsWe all know that information about our adversaries and partner countries is and always has been critical to National Security. Before our interconnected world of the internet, information operations were more about human spying, one person to another. As technology has progressed this information criticality has only become more intense, and today has become the most critical component of modern warfare.

The root of today’s information technology can be traced back to the humble use of the binary numbering system of ones and zeros. Before that, information was locked into the analogue world of sine wave radio frequency communications, decimal numbers, and language specific alphabets. Continue reading

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China’s Grand Strategy: Downloads

In follow up to the series on China’s Grand Strategy, you can download the full PDF version and supplement using the links below:

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China’s Grand Strategy: Part 8

What is the United States to do?
By Evan Dudik

We’ve established in this series that China is a behemoth to be reckoned with.   

If you believe, as I do, that China’s drive for hegemony represents a steadily less speculative and ever-clearer danger to the United States, the West and the world, it’s worthwhile to analyze how best the US should respond.

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China’s Grand Strategy: Part 7

China’s Grand Strategy
By Evan Dudik

Previously, we outlined in detail areas where China is jockeying for influence across the globe. We’re now positioned to distill the country’s Grand Strategy.

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China’s Grand Strategy: Part 6

Belt and Road Initiative, Why?
By Evan Dudik — edudik@evandudik.com

In the Panama Canal and elsewhere, China sees opportunities to leverage strategic investments.

Fast forward to recent years. In 2015 an anonymous source leaked the heretofore secret Panama Papers. The Papers documented shell companies—over 200,000 of them—shielding world power players including Vladimir Putin from scrutiny of their wealth, control of companies and taxes. One result is that Panama no longer became a favorite venue for global bankers. The leakage of Papers continues to this day (writing in mid-2019). Banking is  so important to the Panamanian economy, it has looked elsewhere to replace its international banking industry. China steps in:

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China’s Grand Strategy: Part 5

Belt and Road Initiative – What?
By Evan Dudik — edudik@evandudik.com

It isn’t just through military and economic growth at sea, in space and online that China is building its grand strategy. Through massive infrastructure projects such as building ports and bridges in small countries like Djibouti and once-powerful ones such as Italy, China is challenging the U.S. sphere of influence.

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China’s Grand Strategy: Part 4

Cyberspace
By Evan Dudik — edudik@evandudik.com

In Part 3 we looked at elements of China’s grand strategy to control the threat from the United States, at sea and in space. 

Then there’s China’s effort in the other space, cyberspace.

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China’s Grand Strategy: Part 3

China’s Grand Strategy and the US
By Evan Dudik

In Part 2 I discussed how much China wants to bring Taiwan back into the fold, and some ways it will work to get there. The U.S., with its commitment to Taiwan, stands in the way. This week I look at how China’s strategy to isolate the U.S. echoes how it intends to handle the Taiwan issue.

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