The Defense Department is lending its support to new legislation that expands the authorities of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., giving it a broader mandate to review business transactions — especially involving China and emerging technologies — that may endanger the defense industrial base. “Our competitors are aggressively attempting to diminish our technological advantage through a multi-faceted strategy by targeting and acquiring the very technologies that are critical to our military success now and in the future,” said Eric Chewning, deputy assistant director of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, in testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. “China, in particular, publicly articulates its policy of civil-military integration, which ties into its intentions to become the world leader in science and technology and to modernize its military in part by strengthening the industrial base that supports it.” He said potential problems have been identified…

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