China poses an increasing challenge to the US military's technological edge while budget pressures are hampering Washington's effort to stay ahead, a senior defense official warned on Tuesday.
Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, told lawmakers that when it comes to "technological superiority, the Department of Defense is being challenged in ways that I have not seen for decades, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region."
Citing China's major investments in anti-ship missiles, stealth fighter jets, hypersonic vehicles and other hi-tech weaponry, Kendall said the United States could lose its dominant position if it failed to respond to the altered strategic landscape.
"Technological superiority is not assured and we cannot be complacent about our posture," he told the House Armed Services Committee.
The biggest threat to American hegemony is America. I do not the cutting of budgets by Congress. I mean the absolutely disastrous procurements that the Pentagon has run. Joint Strike Fighter? Littoral Combat Ship? Future Combat System? etc. etc. etc.
We are our own worst enemy.