Former NSA director Keith Alexander was asked in an Australia Financial Review interview in May whether it was a “credible argument” that the US is different from China because it “does not engage in spying to make its private citizens rich.”
Alexander answered, “It is to me. Specifically, we use intelligence to help protect our nation and to ensure we make the best possible policy decisions. We do not steal data to help our commercial industries.”
Yet, in this 2009 report, a set of ideas were developed to “mitigate strategic and institutional risk” against “competitor states” and to help the US maintain its “world standing.” The ideas were intended to influence “agenda items for the intelligence community and its partners” from 2009 to as late as 2025.