"The Los Alamos Club:" New Report Details China's Efforts to Recruit Leading U.S. Department of Energy Scientists to Advance Defense Technology Programs for the People's Republic of China
Los Alamos National Laboratory alumni are driving key advances in military and dual-use technologies for the PRC including in hypersonics, deep-earth penetrating warheads, unmanned aerial vehicles, and submarine noise reduction
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Strider Technologies, Inc. today released a new report detailing the People's Republic of China's decades-long recruitment of leading scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
The report's findings are the latest evidence of the PRC employing its broader Talent Superpower Strategy to incentivize Chinese academics, researchers, and scientists to go abroad, deepen their expertise, and return to advance China's strategic interests.
Between 1987 and 2021, the report finds that at least 162 scientists who had worked at Los Alamos returned to the PRC to support a variety of domestic research and development programs. Of the 162 returnees, at least 59 scientists were selectees of the PRC's flagship talent recruitment program—the Thousand Talents Plan (TTP) and its youth branch, the Youth Thousand Talents Plan (YTTP).
Most concerning, 15 returnees worked as permanent staff members at Los Alamos. Thirteen of the 15 former permanent staff members were recruited into PRC government talent programs. While at Los Alamos, these scientists sponsored visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers from the PRC and received U.S. government funding for sensitive research. At least one former staff member held a Department of Energy (DoE) "Q Clearance" allowing access to Top Secret Restricted Data and National Security Information.
Moreover, since returning to China, Los Alamos alumni have helped the PRC advance key military and dual-use technologies in the focus areas of hypersonics, deep-earth penetrating warheads, unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), jet engines, and submarine noise reduction.
"The PRC is committing significant resources to recruit scientists around the world, including those who have worked at our leading national laboratories like Los Alamos National Laboratory," said Greg Levesque, CEO, and Co-Founder of Strider. "Our research shows the PRC has seen a significant return on their investment with advances in critical military technologies. Now, morethan ever, it is a national security imperative for the U.S. and our allies to identify and protect leading talent in both the public and private sectors."
Armed with data gathered and analyzed by the Strider Global Intelligence Team, the report - "The Los Alamos Club: How the People's Republic of China Recruited Leading Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory to Advance Its Military Programs" - shares specific details on the scientists successfully recruited from Los Alamos and their achievements on behalf of the PRC since returning.
Key findings include:
To read the full report visit https://www.striderintel.com/resources/the-los-alamos-club/.
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SOURCE Strider Technologies, Inc.