Jon Pelson

Adjunct Fellow



Jon Pelson spent nearly 30 years working as a technology executive, including serving as vice president at Lucent Technologies and chief of convergence strategy for British Telecom. His work with China’s telecom industry during this time led Pelson to write his best-selling book Wireless Wars; China’s dangerous domination of 5G and how we’re fighting back. In his book, he outlines how the Chinese Communist Party used companies like Huawei to infiltrate and subvert countries around the world, including deploying cell towers around American nuclear missile bases and installing compromised communications equipment in secure locations on nearly every continent.

In addition to advising private technology companies and groups in the Pentagon, the Department of Commerce, the State Department, and the intelligence community, Pelson has lectured at Duke, Yale, William & Mary, and other colleges and associations, and his analysis has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The National Interest, and other publications. Pelson serves on the advisory council of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and has a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

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