Brig. Gen. Robert S. Spalding III assumed the duties of Special Assistant to the U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff in February 2018. He earned his doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2007. General Spalding served as the chief China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. His next assignment was in China as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attache to China in Bejing, China, then serving at the White House as the Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council, Washington D.C.
During this conversation General Spaulding talks about the political, economic and military rise of China. He also discusses his recently published book, "Stealth War, How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept." In the book, he emphasizes how “most Americans don’t realize just how much influence the Chinese Communist Party has in the United States” and the primary ways China’s Communist party has sought to influence the United States. He further states, "The CCP's fundamental loathing of our Bill of Rights and other legal protections should be chilling to anyone who values freedom. It is the primary reason I am writing this book. I want to alert the world to China's stealth war and its strategy to dominate the planet by focusing on six spheres of influence: the economy, the military, global diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure."
He also reviews the closing chapter in the book entitled, “Beating China at its own game” in which he sets forth an overarching strategy to deal with China. The strategy consists of four concepts: Lead with Principles, Strengthen America, Organize to Compete and Rebuild the International Order.