At a recent speech I gave, I was annoyed to hear representatives of a European energy company express the concern that the National Security Agency is spying on them and giving information to American oil companies. There is clear public evidence to the contrary, but despite repeated denials, many Europeans continue to believe that the U.S. engages in commercial espionage, despite the September 2015 agreement between President’s Xi and Obama.
James Andrew Lewis is a senior vice president and program director at CSIS, where he writes on technology, security, and innovation. Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. His government experience includes work on a range of politico-military and Asian security issues, as a negotiator on conventional arms transfers and advanced military technology, and in developing policies for satellites, encryption, and the Internet. Lewis led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group on advanced civil and military technologies and was the rapporteur for the 2010, 2013, and 2015 UN Group of Government Experts on Information Security. He was also assigned to U.S. Southern Command for Operation Just Cause and to U.S. Central Command for Operation Desert Shield. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
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