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National Security Strategy of the United States of America (Dec. 2017)
In The US and North America
Nathan Danko
Summer 20
Summer 20
Nov 02, 2020
This document starts off strong with the direct acknowledgement of the threat China poses to the US. However, my attention was drawn to section IV. Development of AI and quantum computing will provide an advantage to the US. Quantum computing is a debate with some aware of the threat quantum computing poses from an offensive standpoint [1]. For example, quantum computing poses a significant risk to Blockchain [2]. Development of this hard power would allow the US a significant advantage in cyberspace. However, all advantages are subjected to potential erosion. Foreign powers will seek out the secrets of the US quantum computing should this be developed. Quantum computing deployed in cyberspace would alter the battlefields of the next conflict. Quantum computing does however still have a ways to go before it is an offensive power. Like quantum computing, artificial intelligence is not at a point to an offensive power however the application is there. In 2019 the OpenAI managed to beat the world’s champions team at Dota 2 eSports [3]. This may just be an eSports victory to some however using this technology to power and operate drone technologies changes the role of future warfare. Having an artificial intelligence operate drone strikes would provide a significant advantage to the US military. These emerging concepts as referenced in the article are important for the government to keep a hand in. Threat of Quantum Computing Quantum Computing and Blockchain https://www.mitre.org/sites/default/files/publications/17-4039-blockchain-and-quantum-computing.pdf OpenAI Five beats OG
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The People's Republic of China (PRC)
In Indo-Pacific and East Asia
Nathan Danko
Summer 20
Summer 20
Oct 23, 2020
The theft of intellectual property by Chinese actors is certainly a concern of Western entities. I find the quote, “U.S. business interactions with foreign counterparts should be based on the principles of reciprocity, should be grounded in the rule of law, and should seek to uphold our market-based economy and its innovative ecosystem” to be interesting. The quote relies on private companies acting in favor of protecting the market and values over profit. China has always been a hotspot for foreign nations seeking profit. The Silk Road and the Boxer Rebellion are well known historical events for a reason. In my experience large scale corporations will act in favor of increasing profits. China has an advantageous position as Western companies who desire profit and are willing to trade with China can be exploited. I have talked a lot about intellectual property theft and cyber espionage in the past. These domains are bleeding profits and secrets from Western firms and governments. “Tactics China Uses to Target U.S. Businesses and Their Employees To support its military and commercial research, development, and acquisition, the Chinese government leverages foreign investments, commercial joint ventures, business relationships originating from academic exchanges, and state sponsored industrial and technical espionage.” Focuses on acts such as cyber-espionage and exploitation. China is often attributed with theft of intellectual property leading to loss of profits or erosion of advantages. I found the mitigation strategies to be interesting. The inclusion of red flags to look for interesting. I am personally curious how this dynamic will continue between the US and China.
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Nathan Danko
Summer 20
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