SCHWARTZ ON CHINA

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Nor­ton Schwartz told a Se­nate panel this week that he is most con­cerned by China’s mil­i­tary in­te­gra­tion.

Asked dur­ing a Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee hear­ing Tues­day about China’s air­craft car­ri­ers, stealth fight­ers and ad­vanced space pro­grams, Gen. Schwartz said he is less wor­ried about hard­ware than de­vel­op­ments in joint-warfight­ing and elec­tronic ad­vances.

“I would say their ar­eas, in not so much hard­ware, but in in­te­gra­tion of elec­tronic war­fare tech­niques, of cy­ber­ca­pa­bil­i­ties and so on, with more tra­di­tional tools of the trade,” Gen. Schwartz said. “They are be­com­ing more so­phis­ti­cated in this re­spect, and that is the thing that I am pay­ing the most at­ten­tion to.”

China is rapidly build­ing up its mil­i­tary forces to be able to con­duct high-tech­nol­ogy war­fare us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of ad­vanced con­ven­tional weapons and a grow­ing arse­nal of nu­clear and non­nu­clear strate­gic weapons.

They in­clude new nu­clear arms, mul­ti­ple-war­head mis­siles, an ad­vanced anti-ship bal­lis­tic mis­sile, anti-satel­lite weapons and cy­ber­war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Gen. Nor­ton Schwartz

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