Pentagon Computer Science Chief Resigns in Protest of US Stagnation, “No Chance Against China in 15 Years”
The Pentagon’s former chief software officer resigned in protest earlier this month, citing refusal on the part of the American federal government to develop cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and machine learning capabilities that can credibly compete with Chinese programs.
Nicolas Chaillan had served as the Pentagon’s cyber czar since 2018, when he was appointed by President Trump. The French software developer, who has extensive experience working with governments and private corporations, has pointed to the American military-industrial system as beset by stagnation and endless bureaucracy
“We are setting up critical infrastructure to fail,” said Chaillan in a September resignation letter. “We would not put a pilot in the cockpit without extensive flight training; why would we expect someone with no IT experience to be close to successful? While we wasted time in bureaucracy, our adversaries moved further ahead.”
“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,” said Chaillan of the situation, going on to describe senior software developers and project managers at the Department of Defense of having a “kindergarten” understanding of their fields.
Chaillan even predicted that China’s embrace of the technologies he warns the US eschewing could ensure that Beijing attains “global dominance” in the 21st century. Chaillan slammed globalist tech monopolies such as Google for refusing to work with the United States military, pointing to how China coerces the country’s nominally private companies to work with the state.
Chaillan plans to testify to Congress in the coming weeks in regards to failures within the Pentagon system. He’s claimed the massive military budget of the United States is immaterial compared to foreign adversaries, bloated by grift and useless bureaucratic spending irrelevant to winning wars.
And yet, as the Chinese government takes a seemingly insurmountable lead in the field of artificial intelligence and the sciences, there are a few bright spots in which the American system outperforms its closest competitor. The United States has among the most advanced DIE (Diversity, Inclusion, Equity) programs in the world, with the Chinese uninterested in copying the latest western advances in the cutting-edge field.
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