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U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, "Hearing: Developments in China’s Cyber and Nuclear Capabilities," March 26, 2012

This hearing was conducted by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on March 26, 2012. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to monitor, investigate, and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
March 26, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012
Hylton Performing Arts Center,
George Mason University Prince William Campus
10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20109


Welcome, everyone. I’m Commissioner Jeffery Fielder, co-Chair of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s hearing on “Developments in China’s Cyber and Nuclear Capabilities.” We have some excellent witnesses joining us today to provide testimony about China’s evolving strategic capabilities.

Before we begin today’s panels, we’re honored to receive opening remarks from former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and current Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, General James Cartwright.

General Cartwright needs no introduction. However, I’d like to note that this is his second appearance before the Commission. I think it’s fair to say that his first testimony—back in 2007 while serving as head of U.S. Strategic Command—was an inflection point for the Commission’s work on cyber. Over these past five years, we’ve placed greater and greater emphasis on cyber-related issues, a trend we continue with today’s hearing. It’s clear that the General’s impact on the U.S. military was the same, even as he divided his time among issues ranging from missile defense to the war in Afghanistan.

General, on behalf of the Commission, thank you for your distinguished service and for your participation here today. We look forward to your remarks.

Opening Remarks
Gen. James Cartwright (USMC, Ret.), Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Panel I:  Cybersecurity
Richard Bejtlich, Chief Security Officer, Mandiant
Nart Villeneuve, Senior Threat Researcher, Trend Micro
Jason Healey, Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Panel II: Congressional perspectives
Representative Frank Wolf (VA-10)

Panel III: Fissile material production and nuclear cooperation
Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
Dr. Phillip A. Karber, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Panel IV: Nuclear forces and strategy
Dr. Mark Schneider, Senior Analyst, National Institute of Public Policy
Dr. Phillip C. Saunders, Director, Center for Study of Chinese Military Affairs, National Defense University
Mark Stokes**, Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute



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