China is moving towards merging AI with humans, and the United States Defense Intelligence Agency sees this as a major concern for the future of warfare. Lt. General Ashley begins his talk at 32:20 in the above video by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service Speaking at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting on October 8, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. said that one of the biggest decisions that the United States military will have to make is how to deal with the "integration of humans and machines" that China is pursuing. "China is progressively pursuing a 2025 strategy where they want to be the main driver of AI, not only for their economic but for their industrial transformation," said Ashley. "Whoever leads in AI will rule the world." "The character of war is constantly changing, and we see AI as we see some of these disruptive technologies that continue to change the character of war -- the complexity and the speed of human interaction. Our task is to understand how they operate," said the DIA director.
Future warfare will almost inevitably be fought in orbit, and Russia and China could soon launch advanced space weapons in preparation for future battles. According to the head of the US Defence Intelligence Agency, the two superpowers are already building such weapons. Lieutenant General Robert Ashley branded the two nations as'competitors', and claimed the weapons will be ready'in the near future'. The candid remarks provide the clearest indication yet that both Russia and China are seeking to weaponise space. Wars of the future will almost inevitably be fought in orbit, and Russia and China are both working to launch advanced space weapons into orbit.
Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, appears in this undated photo. Warnings of regional threats have largely focused on North Korea's nuclear missile programs, and Russia's recent unveiling of a heap of deadly new weapons. But a top Pentagon official has just issued a new warning: China is creating advanced futuristic weapons capable of wiping out the west's current military technology. General Robert Ashley, Director of the US Intelligence Agency, gave a recent address on the greatest threats currently posed to the western world. He warned that China is developing a range of deadly weapons, including long-range cruise missiles already capable of reaching supersonic speeds.
WASHINGTON - U.S. military cyberforces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran's downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, U.S. officials said Saturday. Two officials told The Associated Press that the strikes were conducted with approval from Trump. A third official confirmed the broad outlines of the strike. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the operation. The cyberattacks -- a contingency plan developed over weeks amid escalating tensions -- disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers, the officials said.
Cyber warfare has reached a new phase this year--at least in terms of public awareness of the nature of the threat. Nothing is especially new, in truth, at least not capability-wise. But there has been one major development: increased levels of integration between the physical and cyber domains--cyber warfare as an interchangeable battlefield tool, an attack in one domain and retaliation in another. And the catalyst has been the Middle East, the continuing escalation of tensions between the U.S. (and its allies) and Iran. "When people ask me what keeps you up at night," Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told a cyber conference in Aspen last week, "that is kind of the thing that keeps me up at night."