WACNH Live! China's Stealth War: With Dr. Robert Spalding

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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Please Note: We are currently putting a pause on all in-person WACNH programs through mid-May, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This will now be held virtually.

WACNH Live! China's Stealth War:

With Dr. Robert Spalding

Due to the cancellation of all WACNH events in-person until at least mid-May because of COVID-19, we are happy to be launching WACNH Live! This series of virtual events will feature several of our originally planned upcoming speakers presenting on important international topics, straight to you at home.

On Monday (3/23) at 6pm, join us in hearing from Dr. Robert Spalding, Brigadier General, USAF (ret.) of the Hudson Institute. Dr. Spalding will be talking about his experiences in China, as well as his policy work in the U.S. government at the National Security Council combating Chinese aggression. He will also discuss his newest book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, followed by a Q&A. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org or posted in the YouTube Live chat before or during the event, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

When: Monday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm

Where: wacnh.org

This event was made possible by the generous support of:

The John Bickford Foundation

Charles and Barbara Bickford

Stephen and Karin Barndollar

Helen B. Taft and Peter Bowman 

This event is free to watch, and copies of Spalding's newest book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, can be purchased from Amazon.

More About Robert Spalding

Rob Spalding is a national security policy strategist, and globally recognized for his knowledge of Chinese economic competition and influence, as well as for his ability to forecast global trends and develop innovative solutions. He has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as brigadier general.

He was the chief architect for the Trump Administration’s widely praised National Security Strategy (NSS), and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council.

Dr. Spalding has written extensively on national security matters. His book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept (Portfolio; 2019) is an executive summary of his almost decade-long work countering Chinese Communist Party influence. It is being translated into additional languages. His work has been published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, War on the Rocks, FedTech Magazine, Defense One, The Diplomat, and other edited volumes. His Air Power Journal article on America’s Two Air Forces is frequently used in the West Point curriculum. He has been interviewed on FOX News and CNBC, as well as numerous radio and YouTube channels, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Spalding is a skilled combat leader, and a seasoned diplomat. Under Dr. Spalding’s leadership, the 509th Operations Group—the nation’s only B-2 Stealth Bomber unit—experienced unprecedented technological and operational advances. Dr. Spalding’s demonstrated acumen for solving complex technological issues to achieve operational success, was demonstrated when he led a low-cost rapid-integration project for a secure global communications capability in the B-2, achieving tremendous results at almost no cost to the government. As commander, he led forces in the air and on the ground in Libya and Iraq. He is a former China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as well as having served as the senior defense official and defense attaché in Beijing. During the UUV Incident of 2016, Dr. Spalding averted a diplomatic crisis by negotiating with the Chinese PLA for the return of the UUV, without the aid of a translator.

Dr. Spalding’s relationship with business leaders, fostered during his time as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, allowed him to recommend pragmatic solutions to complex foreign policy and national security issues, now driving positive economic outcomes for the nation. Dr. Spalding’s groundbreaking work on competition in Secure 5G has reset the global environment for the next phase of the information age.

Dr. Spalding is an Olmsted Scholar, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. He has lectured globally, including engagements at European Cybersec 2019, KAS-ASPI, the Naval War College, National Defense University, Air War College, Columbia University, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and other Professional Military Educational institutions. Dr. Spalding holds a doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He was a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, and is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.

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