This would provide the groundwork for Washington to hit these firms with fresh sanctions, the British news agency said, adding the list of 20 companies had been prepared by the Department of Defence.
The document also lists China Mobile Communications Group, China Telecommunications Corporation and Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
The DoD compiled the list under a 1999 law that mandated the creation of a list of Chinese military companies which had operations in the US, including those which are owned or controlled by the People's Liberation Army and provide commercial services, or are involved in manufacture, produce or export.
As the 3 November US presidential poll approaches, Donald Trump is trailing in the polls and appears desperate to adopt any tactic that will boost his ratings. This may account for this further hyping of the alleged threat from China.
In May last year, the US placed Huawei and Hikvision on its Entity Black List which meant the two firms could not buy any product with more than 25% American content unless the seller obtained a licence.
Last month, the Department of Commerce said it would be raising the stakes by changing the Foreign Direct Product Rule in order to try and block Huawei's purchase of advanced semiconductors which it uses in its smartphones and 5G base stations.
The DoD list also includes China Railway Construction Corporation and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, as well as CRRC, the world’s largest maker of passenger trains, which has clinched contracts in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.