Oct. 11– Former US Air Force software chief Nicolas Chaillan recently resigned from his post in protest over America’s poor cyber security and accountability. “We have no competing fighting chance against China in fifteen to twenty years,” he stated. “Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion.”
By 2030, China intends to become a cyber and artificial intelligence superpower. According to a March report authored by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, the US is “not” equipped to defend itself in the approaching artificial intelligence (AI) era. Chaillan states that federal agencies have failed to properly allocate defense resources. “I am just tired of continuously chasing support and money to do my job. My office still has no billet and no funding, this year and the next,” he wrote on LinkedIn.
In 2018, when Chaillan took the position of the US Air Force’s first chief software officer, he aimed to implement the most secure and sophisticated cyber security tools available. As he departed the agency, he pointed to the Pentagon’s resistance to prioritizing cyber security.
Last year, at least a dozen US federal agencies suffered through a serious cyber attack (SolarWinds). Hackers obtained access to classified digital activities and to private emails. To date, the full extent of the damage remains unknown. Chaillan commented that the cyber defenses of certain departments remain at “kindergarten level.”
Also in 2018, Google halted its partnership with the Pentagon after 12 employees resigned over a project intended to help the Pentagon improve drone strike accuracy. Chaillan intends to testify before congress over the federal reluctance to invest in cyber security.