The folks at the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) offer a fascinating look at the rich harvest of science and technology China gets from us when they host conferences. You can be sure the Chinese weapons of tomorrow arise, at least in part, from today’s scientific papers. And they raise crucial questions about whether we are looking at the right intelligence, in the right ways. A few months ago they penned a penetrating op-ed analysis for us, U.S. Companies — Not China — Pose The Real Counterfeit Parts Problem, on the real issues behind counterfeit defense parts from China.
In the first quarter of 2012, we began tracking the requests we received to present technical papers at conferences to be hosted in Mainland China. On average, we have received unsolicited requests at the rate of one per business day. As of this writing, a corroborative search on the Conference Alerts website lists over 150 high tech conferences to be held in mainland China or Hong Kong in the last half of 2012. Much about China’s science and technology objectives becomes evident by analyzing the paper topics, abstracts, and countries of origin of the presenters at these conferences. Keep reading →