U.S. investigating China for stealing robotic technology

While being dragged, 225th Engineer Brigade Soldier Sgt. Kasandra Deutsch of Pineville, La., demonstrates the power of the Talon robot, April 15, 2009 during a training exercise with the 9th Iraqi Army Engineer Regiment. The Talon robot system is used to help clear improvised explosive devices. Photo credit: U.S. Army

This week, according to the report, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is looking for analysts to write a report into the investigation of China’s growing success and advancements in robotics.

According to Defense One, China appears to be gaining an unfair competitive advantage in the robotics race by systematically stealing information from the United States, and the United States is having an investigative report developed to shed light on the grave and rapidly growing concern.

Analysts will be charged with compiling information relating to China’s current industrial and military robotics capabilities, including the origins of those capabilities. The study will show some of the ways China has been stealing protected information and get to the root of their technology transfers and cyber penetrations. This will provide the U.S. government with information on exactly how China is accessing information and answer questions concerning how they are using it.

Reports by Terremark and HBGary, two security firms looking into allegations of China’s cyber thefts and violations showed that “Between 2007 and 2009, attackers tied to the People’s Liberation Army allegedly hacked a QinetiQ specialist who worked on embedded software in microchips that control the company’s military robots”. In April 2012, Chinese military shared their development on a bomb disposal robot that closely resembled QinetiQ’s Dragon Runner.

Since then, the United States is committed to ending cybercrimes and attempts by China to steal protected military and proprietary information. The report is expected to provide insight into China’s dependency on the U.S. for information, technology, software, components, and other imports.

The report suggested that China is already developing robots for extraterrestrial warfare, operating unmanned aircrafts, and this is touching on the next-generation of anti-satellite based weapons, posing a potential threat to U.S. space assets.

A CNBC,  report suggests that China is not the world leader in robotics but it may still have an unfair advantage over the United States.

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  • Penny M. Polokoff-Kreps earned her BA in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York. She is a published author, speaker, FL Supreme Court mediator, and a Guardian ad Litem. She runs a non-profit with her husband, a Vietnam veteran, providing nutritional supplements for veteran cancer survivors, and supporting veterans in obtaining service dogs. She is passionate about veteran's issues especially those related to PTSD and mental health.

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