About the Writer

I am a former US Army officer, diplomat, and corporate security investigator. I spent most of my career in East and South Asia, running around sticking my nose into other people’s business.  

Thanks to a generous grant, help from the Jamestown Foundation, and guidance from the Naval Institute Press, Peter Mattis and I published Chinese Communist Espionage in November, 2019.   The work contains entries on Beijing’s intelligence leaders, other significant personalities, espionage cases, technology acquisition operations, and a link to a Web-based glossary of espionage and security terms in Chinese.

I am researching next book ideas:

  • An integrated, narrative history of CCP intelligence.
  • A biography of Li Kenong, China’s spymaster from the Civil War and the early years of the People’s Republic. A household name among educated people in China, he is almost unknown abroad.
  • A work about the origins of American export controls on technology transfer to China, how they became politicized, and ways to refashion them in the interests of ordinary citizens (not the billionaires).