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Xiaoming Zhang biography: 10 things about ex-Air War College professor from China

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Xiaoming Zhang is a Chinese-American man who lives in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. (a)
  2. In 1994, he earned his Ph.D. in history from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. (b)
  3. In July 2003, he joined the Air War College on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery as an associate professor in the college’s Department of Leadership and Strategy. He taught strategy and subjects on China and East Asia. During his tenure at the college, he would regularly travel to China for work-related purposes, research and to visit family living there. As part of his employment at the college, he held a secret security clearance and attended annual security training that informed him of reporting requirements about suspicious foreign contacts and relationships with foreign government officials. (a)(b)
  4. Before teaching at the Air War College, he taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, USA and Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. On October 30, 2003, the Texas A&M University Press published his book “Red Wings Over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union, and the Air War in Korea.” On January 1, 2004, China International Press published his book “China’s Tibet.” (b)(c)
  5. In 2010, Air University published his article “The Art of Military Discovery: Chinese Air and Space Power Implications for the USAF,” which he co-wrote with U.S. Air Force colonel Sean D. McClung. (d)
  6. In 2012, he developed a relationship with a known foreign official working with the Shanghai Municipal Government. From December 2012 to January 2017, he met with the foreign official working with the Shanghai Municipal Government in person around six times and exchanged around 40 emails with the official. He failed to report the relationship with the foreign official to the Air War College even after he came to understand that the official was trying to gather sensitive information from him. (a)
  7. In August 2017, he denied knowing the foreign official when questioned by U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) investigators who were verifying his continued eligibility for a security clearance. (a)
  8. On February 1, 2018, the University of North Carolina Press published his book “Deng Xiaoping’s Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991 (The New Cold War History).” (c)
  9. In July 2020, he was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents. He initially made false statements but eventually admitted to meeting with the official in China on many occasions and to being untruthful about that information and acknowledged that he had concealed the relationship with the official because he knew it was improper. (a)
  10. He was 69 years old when he pleaded guilty pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal agent on October 25, 2021. (a)

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