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Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program @cnasdc @cnastech | Former @CIA | Personal views
Apr 15 9 tweets 3 min read
Photonics for semiconductors effort launched in the Netherlands. Textbook promote/protect strategy. There's a lot going on here, so let's unpack this in a short 🧵 h/t @DUhockeyFan
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Let's start with the title of the article, which is a bit misleading. The goal for the effort is for the Netherlands to be at the leading edge in this technology. That doesn't have to mean a single company dominating the way ASML does in EUV lithography. 2/
Apr 18, 2021 16 tweets 8 min read
1/ Bombshell reporting by Dutch newspaper @volkskrant on @Huawei in the Netherlands.

In 2010, KPN commissioned a risk assessment on Huawei. The findings were so damning that KPN never made them public for fear that the company wouldn't survive. 2/ The report states that Huawei:

➡️ Had unfettered access to KPN's network
➡️ Could eavesdrop on all conversations (including those of the PM)
➡️ Knew which numbers were monitored by police and intelligence services
➡️ Accessed the network core from China

There's more...
Apr 10, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
1/x 🧵 Dutch broadcasters @NOS and @omroepntr have a new report on China's tactics to silence critics of its human rights violations.

They identify five lines of effort:

nos.nl/nieuwsuur/arti… 1) Sending large delegations to the UN and 2) changing the UN system from within - my @cnasds colleague @kristinejlee27 has written extensively on this. Here is her excellent report on the topic: (2/x)
cnas.org/publications/r…
Mar 26, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
1/ Investigation shows at least 29 researchers from China's National University of Defense Technology conducted militarily-relevant research at Delft University of Technology, one of the world's top tech universities.

Research topics included...

nrc.nl/nieuws/2021/03… 2/

➡️ Unmanned aircraft
➡️ Radar technologies
➡️ Models for war simulations
➡️ Algos to influence social media users

At least one researcher went directly to the PLA after Delft.

There's more...

nrc.nl/nieuws/2021/03…
Feb 10, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Stunning R&D funding numbers coming out of @WhiteHouse today. How will this have America compete?

NIH: -7%
DOE: -17%
NASA: -11%
ARPA-E: -173% (not a typo - agency is eliminated, plus $311 million must be returned to Treasury)

1/4 Overall federal spending on civilian basic research: -9%; defense: -6%

Government R&D spending spurs private-sector investments, and the U.S. government remains the largest funder of basic research, which is foundational to game-changing technological achievements 2/4