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Peter W. Singer

Strategist, New America

Peter W. Singer
P.W. Singer is Strategist at New America and the author of multiple books on technology and security, including Wired for War, Ghost Fleet, Burn-In, and LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.
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China’s New Missile Fields Are Just Part of the PLA Rocket Force’s Growth

Since 2017, the PLARF has grown by one-third and worked to streamline and improve various support functions that are key to combat efficiency.

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China’s Space Program Is More Military Than You Might Think

Proposals for U.S.-Chinese cooperation must proceed carefully.

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China’s Fusion Research Is Heating Up

The EAST reactor in Hefei broke records last month as it edges toward the sustained stellar temperatures needed to generate fusion energy.

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How China Steals US Tech to Catch Up in Underwater Warfare

From legal filings to a Chinese lab’s website, open source documents provide an illuminating trail.

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Keep Tabs on China’s Growing Space Situational Awareness

As more Chinese satellites reach orbit, Beijing is upgrading its ability to track space debris. But such sensors can be used to destroy as well as protect.

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Introducing ‘The China Intelligence’

Everyone needs to understand China better. Open-source intelligence can help.

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What Do We Know About China’s Newest Missiles?

Much can be gleaned from open sources, from official announcements to commanders’ online bios.

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China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy: What to Expect in the Next Five Years

Even as the term has all but disappeared from official documents, its tenets are being strengthened and extended.

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Three Steps to Fight Online Disinformation and Extremism

The long-term solution recommended by experts is rarely discussed by pundits and politicians.

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Misinformation 2020: What the Data Tells Us About Election-Related Falsehoods

Here are urgent lessons from the year’s most-spread false themes — and the ones going viral right now.

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Three Ways to Clean Up the Toxic Minefields of Social Media

Safeguarding the social media ecosystem from hate speech and disinformation is all about tracking data and empowering users.

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How China Is Working to Quarantine the Truth About the Coronavirus

The authoritarian playbook — censor, distract, lie — is on full display.

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As Coronavirus Spreads, China’s Military Is Largely MIA

The PLA’s anemic participation is odd given its past performance, planning, and pronouncements.

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What Insurgency Will Look Like in 2030

The author of “Ghost Fleet” has some guesses — and some questions that U.S. defenders will have to answer.

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The US Needs a Cybersecurity Civilian Corps

Like the auxiliaries that arose during WWII, a new volunteer organization will help face today’s threats.

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What Taylor Swift Teaches Us About Online War

What is “real” has become what is real online.

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National Security Pros, It’s Time to Talk About Right-Wing Extremism

We have been too quiet about a threat that is regularly killing our fellow citizens.

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What We Didn't Learn from Twitter's News Dump on Russiagate

The social-media company downplayed its role in Russia's election meddling. But it's still more transparent than Facebook.