James Mulvenon

James Mulvenon

Formal First Name

James Mulvenon is a Chinese linguist and a specialist on the Chinese military, known as a leading international expert on Chinese cyber, technology transfer, espionage, and military issues. James has published widely on Chinese military affairs, party-army relations, C4ISR, and nuclear weapons' doctrine and organizations. He has developed deep, long-standing professional relationships with senior leaders across the executive branch, think tanks, industry associations, and corporate C-suites and boards. Previously, he was Vice President of Defense Group Inc.'s Intelligence Division and Director of DGI's Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, an in-house think tank conducting in-depth open source research and analysis on complex international issues. He has recruited and trained many Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Farsi linguist-analysts as well as cleared software developers performing collection, analysis, and operations support for U.S. Government and corporate customers. Today, James is a Scientific Research and Analysis Director for Peraton Labs, an innovation hub that molds the future of emerging technologies.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • James is a regular commentator on the Chinese military, cyber warfare and Chinese industrial espionage.

  • He is regularly invited to address senior government and commercial audiences on Chinese tech and cyber topics.

  • His comments have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other international media outlets.

  • He has also testified before the Commission several times.


  • Soldiers of Fortune: The Rise and Fall of the Chinese Military-Business Complex, 1978-1998

  • Chinese Industrial Espionage: Technology Acquisition and Military Modernisation

  • Professionalization of the Senior Chinese Officer Corps: Trends and Implications


  • James founded and grew multiple successful, analytical P&L business units in think tanks and commercial sectors.

  • He was Chairman of the Board of Cyber Conflict Studies Association, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the development of cyber conflict studies.

  • He was also a Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit global policy think tank that develops solutions to public policy.

  • He conducted pioneering work on Chinese hackers in the mid-1990s and published the first technical and policy analysis of Chinese Internet censorship in 2002.