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Vol. 10 No. 1 | 2023 Edition

Violet Geinger

A New Approach:
Countering China’s War Without Rules


Rob Spalding, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) USAF

To counter Unrestricted Warfare, the West must recognize that Chinese doctrine is no longer confined to accepted parameters, but encompasses the whole of society. This more closely reflects politics, economics, finance, and the media. This also resembles Mao’s conception of the Protracted People’s War, in which political indoctrination and the support of the people became the paramount objective versus military prowess. The idea embraced victory achieved through the wearing down of the enemy. 


Thus, the doctrine of Unrestricted Warfare seeks to break all the established rules and to weaken from within, using the enemy’s openness to corrupt their political system. Success encourages other nations to adopt rule-breaking to stay competitive. The rule makers will be defeated by their own adherence to the system they built. An effective counter doctrine begins with an acknowledgement that the accepted rules do not apply to the CCP regime.


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US Air Force Brigadier General (ret) Robert Spalding is the founder and CEO of SEMPRE, the only true technology company created to protect and secure our most critical resource: data. Rob is former White House National Security Council senior director for strategic planning, serving in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years. His innovation while serving in the White House has led to a reset in national security and public policy regarding telecommunications in the US as well as globally. Rob is the author of two books, “STEALTH WAR: How China took over while America’s elites slept” and “War without Rules.”

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