COMMENTARY: Doug Lute — NATO Unity Key to Countering China

In a wide-ranging conversation, Ambassador Douglas Lute sat down with Aaron Harber to discuss what he sees as the greatest current and future security risks to the US. A retired US ambassador to NATO, Lute was quick to express his unease over the organization’s current direction, the lack of leadership from the US in stabilizing inter-alliance relationships, and the ever-present threats posed by China and Russia. Addressing the current direction of NATO, Lute warned that a strong US commitment is at the core of NATO’s mission, and the success of that mission depends on members working cohesively to create an … Read More

COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder — Technology Companies Press Trump as Huawei Deadline Nears

Earlier this week, President Trump hosted tech companies at the White House to discuss trade relationships with China, specifically relating to Huawei. However, national security concerns can’t be left behind as the Administration determines the next course of action for trade with China. 

“Nate Snyder, a senior adviser at Cambridge Global Advisors and a former Obama-appointed counterintelligence official, told The Hill that the companies faced a tough choice.

Snyder said national security concerns would be hard to ignore.

“I know the companies have profits in mind and they are looking at the short term on this,” Snyder said. “But from … Read More

COMMENTARY: Tom Ridge — Former Homeland Security Chief: Change in UK prime minister should lead to change in policy on Huawei

In a recent interview by Yahoo Finance UK, Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge discusses the implications of Huawei in the UK’s 5G plan. Ridge warns of security concerns for the country itself and highlights how its decision could affect international relations. 

“Ridge continued that allowing Huawei into the UK “would alter information sharing, it would be more cumbersome. This change in government will hopefully bring about a change in policy.”

The US, as well as a number of other countries and agencies, have continually pointed out Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government as well as emphasising China’s National Read More

COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder — “We need to be in control of our own destiny” when it comes to 5G

Nate Snyder, a former counterterrorism official to the Department of Homeland Security and Senior Advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors, appeared on “The Hill TV” to assess the threats that accompany Huawei’s involvement in the emerging 5G rollout. President Trump’s executive order banning Huawei components in the US serves as a domestic “firewall,” however alignment around this policy from the remaining members of the Five Eyes alliance is needed to secure the flow of information among these nations. 

National security officials have voiced strong opposition to the use of Huawei components in 5G infrastructure, but lawmakers have given greater attention to … Read More

PERSPECTIVE: The Threat Huawei Poses

This article, by Tom Ridge, originally appeared in Real Clear World on June 25, 2019.

U.S. allies are considering the risks for 5G security of using Huawei equipment. Earlier this month the British Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee held a hearing on the matter. It remains clear that the risks posed by Huawei are not limited to the insufficient technical expertise the company possesses, but more importantly it is the threat that Chinese technology companies pose to our national security, and the security of our allied nations.

Given what’s at stake with 5G, the concerns over Huawei as a potential … Read More

PERSPECTIVE: Protecting Europe from China will strengthen the future of NATO

This piece, by Douglas Lute, originally appeared in EurActiv on June 19, 2019. 

Competition with China is mostly economic, but NATO members need to pay attention. American and European interests align when it comes to the growing strategic competition between the Western alliance and China, writes Douglas Lute.

Douglas Lute was the U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2013 to 2017. He is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University, and president of Cambridge Global Advisors.

NATO, the world’s oldest and most successful alliance, recently turned 70 years old. As a report from Harvard’s Belfer Center explains, the … Read More

COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder – Huawei 5G and Transatlantic Security – “There are vulnerabilities all over the place.”

Nate Snyder, a senior advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors and former expert on counterintelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, addressed emerging cybersecurity and privacy threats in a recent conversation with Newsradio WGAN. Speaking on the relationship between China and the United Kingdom, Snyder labeled the growing influence of Chinese tech firm Huawei as a major source of concern, given Chinese state ownership of the company, and its possible access to western data through 5G technology. Specifically, Snyder points out that Huawei’s global influence over the 5G network will give it an advantageous position over the United States. This

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PERSPECTIVE: The Huawei 5G Row Highlights China’s Growing Threat To Global Security

This article, by Sherri Ramsey, originally appeared in The Huffington Post UK on June 4th, 2019.

On the heels of President Trump’s Executive Order that would ban Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei from the United States, the company held a flashy event in London to mark the launch of its newest phone. This came as the President prepares next week to urge Theresa May to eliminate the firm from the development of 5G wireless networks in the UK.

Despite warnings from New Zealand and Australia, and continued calls from U.S. officials to ban Huawei equipment from 5G networks, the … Read More

COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder – “Drastic Action” Needed to Secure 5G Networks

Speaking on The Hill TV’s Rising on May 20, 2019, former counterintelligence official Nate Snyder stressed the urgency of addressing the security risks associated with emerging 5G technology. While the promise of faster speeds sparks excitement among consumers, it also prompts privacy concerns as well as consideration of how bad actors may exploit these gains. Snyder notes that malicious actors will always search for vulnerabilities within our systems. In this case, the greatest vulnerability stems from the debated presence of Chinese-owned and -operated Huawei components in our 5G infrastructure. In this scenario, US intelligence agencies face a serious risk of Read More

PERSPECTIVE: 5G risk is about more than simply securing competitive advantage

This piece, by Nate Snyder, originally appeared in The Hill on May 17, 2019.

The dawning of 5G network capabilities will revolutionize telecommunications and online networks. Data transport speeds will increase to 10 times faster than what they are with 4G. As countries across the globe discover and develop new 5G innovations, so too will terrorist organizations, non-state actors, and lone offenders. If there is a new breakthrough with the public at-large, it will also be leveraged by bad-actors; they will develop and discover their own insidious innovations and exploitations.

While working on counterterrorism efforts at the Department of Homeland … Read More