Friday, October 15, 2021

U.S. Cutting Nuclear Warhead Stockpile Despite Major China, Russia Buildups; ‘Wake up’: Ex-Air Force Software Officer Warns China is Winning AI Battle, and related stories

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U.S. cutting nuclear warhead stockpile despite major China, Russia buildups
The number of U.S. nuclear warheads declined over the past seven years and currently includes 3,750 nuclear warheads, both weapons deployed on missiles and bombers and many others kept in storage, according to Energy and State Department fact sheets made public this week.
The number of warheads in the strategic weapons arsenal is down from 4,717 as of September 2014.
The latest fact sheets hailed the declassification of the stockpile as a necessary transparency measure aimed at promoting the weapons nonproliferation. The Trump administration declined to make public the number of warheads in order to protect efforts to deter nuclear-armed adversaries.
According to the latest disclosures, as of September 2020, the number of U.S. warheads was 3,750, down from around 31,255 in 1968 and 22,217 following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A total of 711 nuclear warheads were dismantled since September 2017, the last time warhead numbers were made public.
The number of non-strategic nuclear arms was not disclosed. These include a stockpile of aircraft-dropped nuclear bombs. --->READ MORE HERE
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‘Wake up’: Ex-Air Force software officer warns China is winning AI battle:
The Air Force’s first chief software officer has quit and is warning that the U.S. is losing the cyber and artificial intelligence race with China.
If the U.S. government does not wake up immediately, Nicolas Chaillan says there will be no stopping China from winning the fight.
Mr. Chaillan, 37, left the government in September, and his admonitions for America to change course have captured the attention of Washington from Capitol Hill to the Department of Defense.
He said he has received death threats from critics of his warnings about China’s advantage in AI and cyber.
“The main message is we have not lost the war but we need to wake up and we don’t have the luxury of time and we can’t hear about more reports and Congress asking the DoD to go and study things more and spend 50 to 60% of the AI funding we get on ethics,” Mr. Chaillan said. “We need to focus on capabilities and we need to deliver it rapidly using agile methodologies and we cannot be stuck in time.”
The tech sector’s aversion to working with the U.S. government is a problem that helps give China a competitive edge, said Mr. Chaillan, who said Silicon Valley is unknowingly influenced by the Chinese. --->READ MORE HERE
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