U.S. Must Hustle On Hypersonics, EW, AI

Russian Krasukha-2 radar jamming system, reportedly deployed in Syria. (source: Breaking Defense)

Russian Krasukha-2 radar jamming system, reportedly deployed in Syria. (source: Breaking Defense)

August 13, 2018 | Source: Breaking Defense, breakingdefense.com, 21 June 2018, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

China is besting the United States in key military technologies like hypersonic missiles and electronic warfare, Gen. Paul Selva, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs said today. We can still catch up, he predicted.

What about Artificial Intelligence? That’s too close to call, said former deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, so we’d better get a move on. Both men spoke at a CNAS conference on “Strategic Competition: Maintaining The Edge.”

“I actually regret talking about the Third Offset Strategy, in hindsight,” Work said, referring to the high-tech initiative he launched in the Obama Pentagon. “It made it sound like we had the advantage and we had the time to think about it and go through the motions…. I wish I would have said, ‘we need to start about upsetting the Chinese offset, which is coming uncomfortably close to achieving technological parity with the US.’

“At this point, I would think that the outcome is too close to call,” Work said. “It’s time for the US to crack the whip. (Let’s) hope it’s not too late.”