Former Pentagon official says China has won AI battle


Nicolas Chaillan/USAF

The Pentagon’s former software chief said he quit because China has already won the tech war guaranteeing global dominance — with some US government systems mere “kindergarten level” in comparison.

Nicolas Chaillan, 37, told the Financial Times on Sunday…“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over, in my opinion…”

Chaillan — who was the Pentagon’s first chief software officer — said China will dominate the future of the world by controlling everything from media narratives to geopolitics.

He claimed that the US, like Beijing, should have prioritized artificial intelligence, machine learning and cyber capabilities over traditional military spending like building new fighter jets.

“At this point, I am just tired of continuously chasing support and money to do my job,” he said of the pioneering Pentagon job that was “probably the most challenging and infuriating of my entire career.”

His analysis of our military bureaucracy, mated with a Congress stocked by its anachronistic 2-party game show, has next to no likelihood of positive reform.

2 thoughts on “Former Pentagon official says China has won AI battle

  1. moss says:

    I had to check this wasn’t a typo. The US Government appointed their first officer to oversee software in 2018? Terrific! Maybe next year they’ll end reliance on horsedrawn carriages for intercity transport?

    First time I had an employer buy me a personal computer was 1983. Never looked back. I must admit it never occurred to me our government wasn’t looking forward at the same time. The Goon Show in Congress is probably still signing documents with a quill pen.

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