‘Good reason to be angry’: Top Pentagon official resigns, bemoans China’s tech dominance

As China exerts a growing global influence, its communist regime is clearly America’s biggest rival in areas including the economy, military, and technology.

According to one top Pentagon official, the U.S. has already lost that race, and the humiliating defeat was apparently enough for him to resign in disgust.

“Drastic advantage of population”

In a new report by the Daily Wire, U.S. Air Force and Space Force Chief Software Officer Nicholas Chaillan was quoted as issuing a clear warning about artificial intelligence and cyber warfare capabilities, among other things.

He argues that the next few decades will prove that America has “no competing chance against China” in the cyber realm.

In a social media post last month, Chaillan appeared to reference his impending departure from the Defense Department. His resignation followed last week.

Noting its “drastic advantage of population,” he lamented that China would represent a virtually unbeatable foe for the U.S. and its allies unless the U.S. counters by “being smarter, more efficient, and forward-leaning through agility, rapid prototyping and innovation.”

Challain first assumed his position in 2018, over which time he says the U.S. has only fallen farther behind China — in some cases because of the actions, or inaction, of the Pentagon.

America at “kindergarten level”

“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years,” he reiterated in a recent Financial Times interview. “Right now, it’s a done deal; it is already over in my opinion.”

The situation presents a “good reason to be angry,” Chaillan said, going on to blame the “misallocation of military resources, overregulation, and the failure of U.S. tech companies to aid the federal government in tech research for the United States’ poor position on tech and cyber.”

More specifically, he targeted Google for refusing to work with the Pentagon on the development of artificial intelligence. He also cited ongoing ethical debates surrounding such developments in the U.S., which he said had not slowed down Chinese developers.

In predicting that China is already on track to dominate the globe, at least where technology is concerned, Chaillan went on to insist that the U.S. must do more to close the gap.

He wrote that U.S. agencies are at a “kindergarten level,” which seems to highlight the federal government’s failures and short-sightedness in this increasingly important sector.

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