Friday Brief for 22 October 2021


🚨🚨🚨Heads Up🚨🚨🚨

I joined Steve Hayes and Sarah Isgur on The Dispatch podcast to talk about the latest on China’s hypersonic missile test, my views on the growing tensions between Washington and Beijing, and how the U.S. Intelligence Community thinks about these things. Be sure to listen and linked below is my op-ed from earlier this week.

The Dispatch
Why China’s Hypersonic Missile Tests Are So Concerning
This weekend, the Financial Times reported that, back in August, China successfully tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that went into space and orbited the globe before reentering earth’s atmosphere and landing within a couple dozen miles of its intended target. The article’s authors, Demetri Sevasto…
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Defense Companies Are Not Buying AI

What’s New: A new report by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) maps how the globe’s top 50 defense companies are approaching artificial intelligence (AI).

Why This Matters: Oddly, it appears very few of these companies are investing in or acquiring private AI companies — neglecting a critical pathway to private sector expertise and capabilities.

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