Whether it is your competition, your opposition, or just a “gut feeling” that someone is targeting you and your organization for information, it is not a haphazard approach if they intend to really glean your information. It might be called opposition research (politicians do it all the time when running for office), economic espionage, industrial espionage, or another name, but the goal is the same: getting information. In terms of this book, consider that China is your only opposition, and that they are willing to do everything possible to obtain your information. As such, they will use the basic intelligence cycle and its resulting collection effort in targeting your company, those companies that are subcontractors, those suppliers, those equipment manufacturers you deal with, and also your customers, all in order to learn your secrets.