States Face Growing Threat
States across the United States have become the battlegrounds in the fight against foreign adversaries, with communist China emerging as a particularly prominent threat. According to State Armor founder and CEO Michael Lucci, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is engaged in a comprehensive effort to supplant the United States and reshape global norms to fit its authoritarian model.
Four Key Areas of Focus
State Armor aims to establish itself as a leading research and educational resource for state and local governments. It will concentrate on four primary areas:
- Protecting critical infrastructure
- Building “supply chains of freedom” by sourcing products from free nations
- Countering influence operations
- Preparing state supply chains for a potential invasion of Taiwan by China
Mobilizing a Network for Solutions
State Armor plans to mobilize a network of citizens and experts to assist states in developing and implementing comprehensive, bipartisan solutions. The organization seeks to protect states from what is widely regarded as a generation-defining foreign threat.
Bipartisan Support and Action
Former U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien emphasizes that the issue is not partisan, as states across the political spectrum recognize the need to take action. State Armor aims to bring awareness and practical plans to support counter-China policies that state leaders understand but may be unsure how to implement.
Addressing CCP Strategy
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center, under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, released a report highlighting China’s strategy of influencing state and local governments. China seeks to leverage connections with state and local leaders to advance its interests and influence national U.S. policies. State Armor intends to combat such operations and has gained support from influential individuals.
Support from Experts
Alex Gray, CEO of American Global Strategies LLC and former deputy assistant to the president, is among those backing State Armor. Gray emphasizes the need for proactive preparation at the state level, as states play a crucial role in the long-term competition between the United States and China. State Armor will provide the necessary organization and leadership to address the dangers of CCP influence and access within the states.
State Armor aims to equip states with the knowledge and strategies necessary to protect against China’s growing influence, ultimately safeguarding the American way of life.