Eh looks like old news and specualtions to me. I think I read a similar analysis in TIME and USA Today about 5-6 months ago. I think the US + Pentagon are well aware of most (if not all) the points described in article. They have think tanks paid to sit their and come up with the craziest of scenarios and how to overcome them somewhere in a dark dark cave. A lot has changed since the times of the Romans and WWII. Information moves more quickly and economics has proven to be the best card in the world today.
Some of the stated facts in the article seem kind of skewed. How can you compare in numbers between the US and China is China's population is 3-4x the American population? A better method of measurement would have been to use percentages. As for the exports from China and engineers graduating from China, would you trust anything major like that from China? I work in electronics retail (the largest electronics in the US and possibly world [some of you may know what company that is now
] ) and the 2nd most common (most common is, "Do you work here?") question customers ask me is, "Was this made in China?" After I give them an affirmative answer, you can definitely see the change in their expression followed by a disappointed sigh. Then I realize why people buy Sony VAIOs because they assume that it was made in Japan [but in reality they are manufactured in Japan but assembled in China]. As for the engineering grads, there have been many posts here on the corruption of China's police + government, what makes you think the underpaid college professors aren't the same?
But not to sound too overconfident, I seriously pray and hope the US has solutions for these types of scenarios and do not underestimate any factor.