On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the launch of the new, “Disruptive Technology Strike Force” initiative.
The DOJ primarily planned this new strike force initiative to strike back at the Chinese State and Russia.
Here are a few quotes from Deputy Attorney General Monaco’s remarks at Chatham House in the U.K. on Wednesday:
“We see this aggression playing out not only on battlefields but in economic zones and information space—in cyberattacks, the vacuuming up of sensitive data and the exploitation of restricted technology.
“Today, autocrats seek tactical advantage through the acquisition, use and abuse of disruptive technology: innovations fueling the next generation of military and national security capabilities.
“As our Intelligence Community has noted, China leads the world in using surveillance and censorship to keep tabs on its populations, repress dissent, and counter perceived threats abroad.
“And the Chinese government is not just hacking to gather our data. China’s doctrine of “civil-military fusion” means that any advance by a Chinese company with military application must be shared with the state. And its national security law requires any company doing business in China to make its data accessible to the government.
“So, if a company operating in China collects your data, it is a good bet that the Chinese government is accessing it.
“That’s why, today, I am excited to announce the launch of a new initiative—the Disruptive Technology Strike Force.
“A collaboration of U.S. law enforcement—led by the Justice and Commerce Departments—the Disruptive Technology Strike Force brings together our top experts to attack tomorrow’s national security threats today.
“We will use intelligence and data analytics to target illicit actors, enhance public-private partnerships to harden supply chains, and identify early warning of threats to our critical assets, like semiconductors.
“Our goal is simple but essential—to strike back against adversaries trying to siphon our best technology.
Clearly, one aim of the “Disruptive Technology Strike Force” is to remind China that the current U.S. administration may have dropped the “China Initiative” but hasn’t shifted its focus.
Here is a quote from my November 18, 2022 post, “Earlier this year, the Biden administration dropped the “China Initiative” program established by the Department of Justice in 2018 to vigorously pursue IP thieves working on behalf of the Chinese government.
“Despite dropping that title, the current administration has been no less vigorous in deterring IP theft.”
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