Intelligence, Surveillance, and Privacy

CSIS examines the relationship among technological innovation, civil liberties, and intelligence systems, with research led by the Strategic Technologies Program and the International Security Program.

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Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)    

Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)    

Chinese Spy Balloons: The Sky’s the Limit

A Chinese balloon is flying over the United States, raising concerns about Chinese espionage. While Chinese spying necessitates a tougher response, the United States should focus on technical espionage capabilities that pose a greater risk than spy balloons.

Commentary by James Andrew Lewis — February 3, 2023

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James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program
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Emily Harding
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, International Security Program
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Suzanne Spaulding
Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program