CHINESE DRONE MANUFACTURERS POSE HUAWEI-LIKE THREATS, EXPERT SAYS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


CHINESE DRONE MANUFACTURERS POSE HUAWEI-LIKE THREATS, EXPERT SAYS

The government needs to spur a “Manhattan Project-style investment” in America’s unmanned aircraft industry to combat the economic and national security threats posed by Chinese drone manufacturers, a cybersecurity expert told lawmakers.

“These foreign drones are exploiting us and putting ... our American businesses and government organizations at risk,” National Defense University Professor Harry Wingo said Tuesday. “These threats should not and cannot be ignored.”

Roughly 80 percent of the drones in the U.S. are made by Chinese companies, and the Chinese government is using that foothold to collect “an unprecedented level” of intelligence on America’s physical and economic infrastructure, Wingo told the Senate Commerce Security subcommittee. That intimate understanding of America’s inner workings could potentially give the Chinese an economic and military edge, he said, and creates “significant cybersecurity risks” for U.S. businesses and government agencies.

Those threats will only be exacerbated as the Chinese government ramps up its artificial intelligence capabilities, which would help officials rapidly analyze the information they collect, he added.

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