Chinese cyber espionage: a complementary method to aid PLA modernization
Ellis, Jamie M.
Huntley, Wade L.
Twomey, Christopher R.
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In 2013, Mandiant published a report linking one People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unit to the virtual exploitation of 11 modern U.S. military platforms. In the last two decades, Chinese cyber espionage has cultivated a significant reputation in cyberspace for its high-volume, illicit exploitation of defense technology. At the same time, the PLA has also rapidly modernized its naval, fighter jet, and air defense technologies. This thesis examines trends in Chinese cyber espionage, PLA modernization, and PLA acquisitions methods to determine—from only open-source information—if the categories are related and, if so, the nature of the relationship. Defense reports suggest there is a strong correlation between China’s virtual exfiltration of modern U.S. technology and the PLA’s rapid advancement; cyber espionage is the principal driver for PLA modernization. This thesis asks: Does cyber espionage really play a central role in PLA modernization, or does it simply complement alternate procurement methods? This thesis draws from case studies of China’s overt acquisitions, indigenous research, and physical espionage operations to demonstrate that the majority of the PLA’s modernized military platforms were developed from non-cyber acquisition methods. These studies support this thesis’s conclusion that cyber espionage is not the critical component driving forward PLA modernization.
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