China’s Quest for Dominance in Electro-magnetic Warfare

Speculation of China’s continued advancement in their air defense sector has continued to raise more concerns this week. Special focus from the NavyTimes makes multiple mention of the Dong Feng 21D, a land-based anti-ship ballistic missile that officials now say has reached its initial operating capability. Which analysts have said the missile leaves U.S. aircraft carriers vulnerable to attack, and Dorsett seemed to agree, although he did not discuss carriers specifically.

What CoupMedia found most interesting was Vice Adm’s statement regarding the use of “non Kenetic” weapons and China’s interest in domination of the electro-magnetic spectrum.

Dorsett clearly stated that he is more concerned about China’s work in the “non-kinetic” realms of information warfare and cyberspace. He said China is trying to dominate “in the electro-magnetic spectrum, to conduct counterspace capabilities, and clearly to conduct cyber activities.”

What is most clear, Dorsett said, is that China is no longer shy about providing public glimpses of its weapons development.

“Over the years, the Chinese military doctrine was one of hide and bide. Hide your military resources and bide your time,” he said. Chinese leaders “appear to have shifted into an area where they’re willing to show their resources and capabilities, whether it’s a naval expedition in China, whether it’s deploying forces forward, whether it’s conveying some more insights into what their capabilities are going to be in an indigenously produced [aircraft] carrier,” said Vice Adm. Jack Dorsett, the deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and the service’s intelligence director.

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