Skip to Content

Stock photo from Unsplash

Pentagon’s ex-software chief: ‘US lost the fight for AI against China’

In a haunting warning, the Pentagon's former software chief who recently resigned, has warned that China will dominate the world through its advances in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, and the US has already missed the chance to prevent it.

Published: October 13, 2021, 9:50 am

    Read more


    “We don’t have a competitive chance against China in 15 to 20 years. At the moment it is already a done deal; in my opinion it is already over.”

    Nicolas Chaillan, who was the US Air Force’s first software chief and who oversaw the Pentagon’s efforts to improve cybersecurity for the past three years, announced his resignation in September to protest slow technological advances in the US military. He spoke to the Financial Times about China’s advance in AI.

    “Whether or not it takes a war is kind of an anecdote. But China, which has put artificial intelligence, machine learning and cyber capabilities in the foreground, is well on its way to gaining global supremacy and controlling everything from media coverage to geopolitics,” he said.

    Washington spends three times as much money on defense as Beijing, but this money is being used in the wrong areas, said the French-born tech entrepreneur, who took on US citizenship in 2016. AI and other emerging technologies are more important for the future of the United States than massive and highly budgeted hardware projects like the fifth generation of the F-35 fighter jets.

    One thing holding back the US is the ongoing debate over the ethics of artificial intelligence while Chinese companies actively collaborate with their government on AI, making massive investments in the field. US companies like Google are reluctant to work with US authorities, he added.

    The former software boss also sounded the alarm because of the poor cyber defense at US government agencies, which in some areas is at “kindergarten level”. In the coming weeks, Chaillan plans to testify before the US Congress on this issue in order to draw more attention to the danger that China’s technological advances pose to the US.

    Chaillan’s resignation caused quite a stir after he announced it in an open letter in early September. He complained that bureaucracy and lack of resources had prevented him from doing his job properly and said that he was tired of “hearing the right words without anything being done”.

    The Pentagon has “condemned critical infrastructures to failure” by entrusting military officials without specialist knowledge in this area with the management of cyber initiatives, argued the 37-year-old. Chaillan stated: “We wouldn’t put a pilot in the cockpit without extensive flight training; why should we expect someone with no IT experience to be anywhere near successful?”

    At a CyberSatGov conference earlier this week he said that US providers of national security satellites were unable to develop “at the speed of relevance” because they relied on the ecosystem of the Pentagon.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    Covid-19 has killed more people in 2021 than 2020 in the US

    Covid-19 was reported as the underlying cause of death for some 377 883 people in 2020, accounting for 11,3 percent of deaths, according to the CDC. More than 770 000 people have died from the Coronavirus as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

    Not very confident: FDA to publish info on Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab in 55 years

    The request for information on the shots would have been a great opportunity for vaccine manufacturers and advocates to demonstrate the success of their products with the data that exists on vaccine safety, effectiveness and "rare" side effects.

    The strange link between the sterilization of wild horses and mRNA vaccines

    A strange link has been made between the sterilization of wild horses and the Covid-19 vaccines. Vaccination against the porcine zona pellucida (PZP) is designed to contain the wild horse population by generating antibodies that prevent the mares from producing fertile eggs.

    US judge in the Rittenhouse trial defies media onslaught

    Kenosha, WisconsinThe right to own firearms and use them to defend oneself in an emergency is deeply ingrained in the American consciousness. When protests by the Black Lives Matter movement degenerated into civil war-like riots and looting across the United States over the past year, civil militias and private individuals took up arms to protect their property.

    Some 92 percent of American LGBTQs took the jab

    In a Human Rights Campaign Foundation survey, led by Community Marketing & Insights and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, data on LGBTQ+ adults and Covid-19 vaccinations in the US show that this community has bought into Big Pharma marketing in a big way.

    Hospital emergency rooms swamped by patients with ‘heart conditions’

    In one hospital in the US state of Michigan, patients are flooding into emergency rooms with “respiratory problems”, “blood clots” and... “heart conditions”.

    US vaccine deaths linked to small percentage of Pfizer and Moderna batches

    Graphical analysis of data from the Official US Vaccine Side Effects Database (VAERS) found that a very small percentage of certain lot numbers of Pfizer and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines were responsible for most side effects and deaths in the United States.

    Conflict of interest: FDA reviewers of Pfizer’s child vaccine work/ed for Pfizer

    The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on Tuesday October 26, discussed pushing their jab for children between the ages of 5 to 11 years old.

    Second caddy dies of heart attack on Latin America golf tour

    Nuevo VallartaThe PGA Tour Latinoamerica, which has already suffered the death of a caddy, was struck again by tragedy last week when another caddy collapsed on the golf course and died in a hospital in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

    US Air Force doctor warns pilots of ‘sudden cardiac death’ after jabs

    WashingtonThe affidavit of Lieutenant Colonel Theresa Long is also part of a federal lawsuit against the US Army's forced vaccination regime.

    Go to archive