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    ‘Hundreds’ of Service Members Are Being Solicited by China for Insider Info, Air Force Says

    ‘Hundreds' of Service Members Are Being Solicited by China for Insider Info, Air Force Says

    NATIONAL , Maryland — The Air 's top general is warning that is recruiting the service's veterans and troops for their institutional knowledge, and an official told Military.com that “hundreds” of allies and service members could be targeted.

    In a Sept. 5 memo sent out to the service late last week, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown warned airmen and allies that China's People's Liberation Army “wants to exploit your knowledge and skill to fill gaps in their military capability.”

    The memo details that “foreign companies are targeting and recruiting U.S.- and NATO-trained military talent” and — added in a subsequent Air Force press release — the exploitation usually comes in the form of vague contracts or subcontract offers where China is the ultimate recipient of the military expertise.

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    While the exact number of airmen targeted is not known, a Department of the Air Force official told Military.com at the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference on Monday that it likely numbers in the hundreds and extends to other service branches and allies overseas.

    One such example, according to the Air Force, came in June 2023 when “the government placed the Test Flying Academy of South Africa on an export control list based on its work to facilitate training and technical support for…

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