Hey there! So, it seems like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is slowly making its way into various American industries – like, think of those sneaky tentacles reaching out. China’s got this whole coordinated plan to infiltrate crucial parts of the U.S. economy, which is pretty concerning.
Here’s the scoop: The CCP is all about grabbing U.S. intellectual property, calling it a “strategic resource.” And guess what? China’s still at the top of the list when it comes to making fake stuff and pirated goods. Now, they’re even building electric vehicle battery factories close to important U.S. military spots. Plus, they’re kind of holding the reins on the global chip market, despite some investments being made in the U.S. And just to add some spice, they’re showing off their power in the rare earth sector too, as a response to U.S. trade policies. They’re even chatting about setting up a military spot pretty darn close to our home turf.
I know it sounds like a movie plot, right? But it’s real! China’s aim is to keep on the aggressive path, trying to take over even more American industries and flooding our market with their stuff. The new target on their list? Those unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, as we call them. With almost a decade of support from the CCP, Chinese drone makers are dropping these cheap, subsidized drones all over the global scene. They’ve basically taken over the U.S. consumer drone market, making up more than 90 percent of it! And they’re also bossing the industrial and first responder drone scenes.
Now, here’s the kicker: This influx of Chinese drones is like a direct hit to our national security.
I mean, come on! The U.S. has always been a leader in aviation, and these drones are like the new frontier. China’s push to dominate isn’t just messing with our competitiveness; it’s a full-on attack on our security. The 2017 National Intelligence Law from China’s CCP is forcing Chinese drone companies to share data with the government, including flight logs. And get this – China’s been using data from one big drone company, DJI, to target specific stuff, according to a Homeland Security Intelligence bulletin.
Right in the U.S., our local heroes like firefighters and police are using these Chinese-made drones to fight wildfires, keep us safe, and keep tabs on critical infrastructure. Even major federal agencies are in on it. But think about it: All this sensitive info is in the wrong hands? Not cool.
Thankfully, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves to protect our intelligence and industries. The Biden team and Congress have some work to do, though, to tackle this Chinese drone invasion and give our domestic drone industry a boost.
Imagine if we had incentives like tax credits to produce drones right here at home. Just like they’ve done with stuff like semiconductors. Or how about supporting drone manufacturers with loans? That could kickstart some healthy competition. And let’s not forget about legislation that secures access to crucial minerals needed for making those drone systems.
Also, we should totally think about giving first responders, infrastructure inspectors, and the Department of Defense (DoD) a hand with some federal grants. Since a lot of these heroes are relying on Chinese drones right now, Congress should step in and help them transition to American-made drones.
We’re a nation of innovation, so why not make it enticing to use American drones for stuff like infrastructure checks? Pouring a bunch of money into that and working with educational institutions could really make a difference. We’ve got companies here that are already making drones on a large scale, and others are all set to jump in. They’re ready to give our heroes at all levels secure and top-notch American-made drone options.
Considering how vital unmanned systems are in modern warfare, the DoD should team up with the industry to tackle the challenges of getting these drones. By labeling drones and their components as super important tech, we can make sure there’s enough investment in this area.
Last but not least, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to get on board with making drone integration into airspace smoother. And they should team up with the industry to make sure drones are super secure against cyber threats. Congress should help both the FAA and the industry get the tools and resources they need for this mission.
China might be playing hardball in the drone scene, and it could really mess with our national security and economic strength. But the ball’s in our court – if the Biden crew and Congress are up for it, we can totally tackle this challenge. The time for action is now, folks!