Recently I caught up with Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI8) who co-chairs the bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission charged with developing an all-of-government, all-of-society approach to empower the United States to address its cybersecurity challenges. The commission, chartered as part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), is named for Eisenhower’s Solarium Project, then a competition of ideas to develop the strategy against the Soviet Union. The Congressman is well-skilled for the job, having served twice in Iraq as a Marine Corps intelligence officer, as a counterintelligence officer in the Middle East and Central Asia, and as a member of the CENTCOM (Central Command) assessment team. He then earned a PhD from Georgetown and staffed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Today as a member of the House Committees for Armed Services and Transportation and Infrastructure, he leads efforts to address threats from China and to restore America’s technological leadership.
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Roslyn Layton and Rep. Mike Gallagher , November 4, 2019
As described in detail by annual reports of the bipartisan U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission since 2000, Chinese-made information technology presents numerous threats to the U.S., including espionage, sabotage, and subversion to the resiliency of America’s critical infrastructure and economy—particularly when it comes to 5th Generation wireless technology, commonly referred to as 5G. China’s military and government are one in the same, and they exert both de facto and de juris control over China’s companies.