I’m a little rusty on my Sun Tzu and Clausewitz, so I don’t recall what those great military theorists had to say about the bold strategy of allowing your most sensitive defense technology to be sold to your chief geopolitical rival:
China has obtained the big screen software used by Nato and the United States for war room mapping, putting its forces on an equal organisational footing with some of the West’s elite military operations.
Luciad, a defence contractor based in Leuven, Belgium, is selling the Chinese government high performance software used for situational awareness by the military commands of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, according to information from Chinese government contractors verified by the South China Morning Post.
The package includes LuciadLightspeed, a program that can process real-time data, including that from fast-moving objects, with speed and accuracy. […]
The same software is used by the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where covert missions for the US government – including the raid that assassinated al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, originated. […]
“Luciad is the Ferrari of GIS software. It comes to the right place at the right time,” said a geospatial information engineer from an aerospace company in Beijing.
Truly, this is a level of cunning strategery that makes Alexander the Great look like Sergeant Klinger! But seriously, what’s the point of having NATO if a Belgian company is blithely selling off crucial military technology to the People’s Liberation Army? Why bother even having a military at all? Wouldn’t it be easier and more profitable to disband NATO, dismantle all the Western armed forces and auction off our technology and weaponry to the highest bidder?
Has the US weighed in on this reported sale?