Technology is the engine that powers superpowers. As chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), I led efforts that ultimately sent a harsh message to the US Congress and government: America is not ready to defend or compete in the AI age. The fact is, America has been technologically dominant for so long that some US leaders have taken it for granted. You were wrong. A second technological superpower, China, has emerged. It happened with such amazing speed that we are all still struggling to understand the implications.
Washington has woken up to find that the United States is deeply entangled technologically with its main long-term rival. America has built these technology connections over many years and for many good reasons. China’s tech sector continues to benefit American businesses, universities, and citizens in a variety of ways, providing essential skilled labor and revenues to power U.S….