China has made advancements in hypersonic missiles with nuclear capabilities. The outcomes of the tests raise questions about how far China has modernized its military and if the United States has fallen far behind.

– Nicolas Chaillan, former chief software officer for the United States Air Force, says the U.S. government is lagging behind the Chinese government in artificial intelligence adoption and cybersecurity and that the U.S. must “wake up now” to this existential threat “before it’s too late.”

– Chaillan said he left his position after his concerns were continuously met with a lack of urgency in the Defense Department. He said by around December of 2022, the U.S. will no longer be able to catch up because of the volume of data and accelerating nature of AI progress.

– Chaillan said he recommends DoD focus on agile training, invest in human resources and stop building joint teams like Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), which introduce new cybersecurity risks and problems in trying to integrate disparate systems.

– Chaillan said the Department of Homeland Security and DoD must pick up the pace with cybersecurity and proactively address supply chain risks for both hardware and software.