China has made great strides in its attempt to attain military dominance, and a new report indicates its technology will soon be on par with that of the United States, according to Newsweek.
Former deputy defense secretary Robert Work and his former special assistant Greg Grant published their work with the Center for a New American Security, and they warn that “the long period of American global military dominance may be coming to an end as China rises,” Newsweek said.
China now “appears increasingly close to achieving technological parity with U.S. operational systems and has a plan to achieve technological superiority,” the report states.
“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been patiently stalking the U.S. military for two decades,” Work and Grant wrote. “It has studied the preferred American way of war and devised a strategy to exploit its weaknesses and offset its strengths—particularly its military-technological strengths.”
Beijing has “used industrial and technical espionage to establish some form of equal footing with the U.S., analyzed the Pentagon’s capabilities and methods to identify weaknesses that can be exploited, and invested heavily in artificial intelligence to gain an edge on the battlefield,” the report says.
Military officials and lawmakers in the U.S. have warned for years that China was catching up to America in the realm of military technology. The country is second only to the U.S. in terms of its military budget.
Last year, a Congress-commissioned study warned that China’s advancements have reached a point where the U.S. could lose a war against the Chinese military.