GAO: Ministry of Defense must step up efforts in space, cyber and artificial intelligence to compete with China

GAO Managing Director Kathleen Berrick: “Ordinary business for the Department of Defense is really a losing proposition”

WASHINGTON. A new report from the U.S. Government’s Office of Accountability says the Department of Defense needs to be better prepared to respond to China’s advances in space, cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence.

“Successful preparation for strategic competition with China will depend on continued efforts to build confidence in U.S. hostilities and improve conventional deterrence, which can help prevent conflict, protect U.S. interests, and reassure allies,” the GAO report said.The challenges facing the Ministry of Defense in strategic competition with China».

The three-page GAO summary, published Feb. 15, is a non-classified version of a much broader report that is classified.

In the future, GAO said, the U.S. Department of Defense must be prepared to “maintain supply chains, gather intelligence and responsibly use new space, cyber and AI technologies in response to potential threats.”

The Monitoring Agency suggested that Congress would need to pay close attention to the Department of Defense’s efforts in these areas and to whether the Department of Defense is taking “timely action.”

Kathleen Berrick, managing director of defense capabilities and GAO management, said the Department of Defense has taken some steps to invest and innovate in response to China’s leaps in cybersecurity, space and the use of artificial intelligence. But more could be done, she said.

With regard to space, GAO’s report listed a number of recommendations it has issued over the past few years, such as the need for the Department of Defense to upgrade its satellite architecture and ground-based systems to control and control satellites. These are “actions that can better put the Ministry of Defense to address the problems with China, but the Ministry of Defense has not yet implemented.”

Recent Posts “The fact that a Chinese satellite actually grabbed another Chinese satellite and pulled it out of its orbit really demonstrates a significant leap in anti-satellite potential,” Berik said.

“Space is very important because the Ministry of Defense, of course, relies on its space capabilities for communication, for navigation and orientation, and for gathering intelligence. And China knows this and is actively developing systems that could counter these opportunities. “

“I think it’s important for Congress and the Department of Defense that this reality of threats in China is at the forefront of their thinking, because the usual case for the Department of Defense is really a losing proposition,” Berik said. “This means they will need to figure out how to adapt everything the department does, from the current approach of the industrial age to something more appropriate for the information age.”

Berik said it would not be an understatement to “say that strategic competition with China is not like any other problems facing the Ministry of Defense.” GAO: Ministry of Defense must step up efforts in space, cyber and artificial intelligence to compete with China

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