The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare

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Hachette Books, Apr 21, 2020 - Political Science - 320 pages
For generations of Americans, our country has been the world's dominant military power. How the US military fights, and the systems and weapons that it fights with, have been uncontested. That old reality, however, is rapidly deteriorating. America's traditional sources of power are eroding amid the emergence of new technologies and the growing military threat posed by rivals such as China. America is at grave risk of losing a future war.
As Christian Brose reveals in this urgent wake-up call, the future will be defined by artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other emerging technologies that are revolutionizing global industries and are now poised to overturn the model of American defense. This fascinating, if disturbing, book confronts the existential risks on the horizon, charting a way for America's military to adapt and succeed with new thinking as well as new technology. America must build a battle network of systems that enables people to rapidly understand threats, make decisions, and take military actions, the process known as "the kill chain." Examining threats from China, Russia, and elsewhere, The Kill Chain offers hope and, ultimately, insights on how America can apply advanced technologies to prevent war, deter aggression, and maintain peace.
 

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Anti-China sentiment may be growing in the U.S., but globally, the opposite is true.
As China has risen in global importance in recent years, the U.S. has become increasingly sidelined and it no
longer appears to have policies in place to change that.
China is at war with the US. China’s goal is to establish Global Economic Supremacy by 2049. It is striving to displace the US from global leadership and render other nations its economic tributaries.
This war is all about the Chinese people. This war is about Chinese prosperity; Collective effort; Socialism, and the Chinese national glory.
Members of Chinese military support China's military development, opining that the 'Strong-Nation dream of a Great Revival of the Chinese people' can only result from a 'Strong-Army dream'.
And over the past decade, in U.S. war games against China, the US has a nearly perfect record: It has lost almost every single time !!!
 

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Christian Brose is currently Chief Strategy Officer of Anduril Industries, a technology start-up that develops national defense capabilities, and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served as Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee (2015-2018), where he was the youngest person to hold the position in the committee's history. Before that, he served as Senator John McCain's senior policy advisor (2009-2015). Brose was previously a speechwriter to two secretaries of state, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and a member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff.

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