by: Ethan Huff
Sunday, March 17, 2019
The top-dog general in the United States Military has issued a stark warning about tech giant Google, revealing that the company’s ongoing work in China is helping to bolster the communist country’s military strength.
Speaking during a recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Dunford, who serves as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explained that Google’s continued work in China represents a major geopolitical conflict of interest.
“The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military, and I’ve been very public on this issue as well,” Gen. Dunford revealed.
“We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit, and frankly indirect may not be a full characterization of the way it really is – it’s more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military,” he quickly clarified.
While Google remains a major private sector tech player here in the U.S. and elsewhere, the company has gotten extra cozy with the Chinese government, even as it’s avoided working closely with the Department of Defense (D.o.D.).
As we previously reported, Google had been working with the Pentagon on a covert artificial intelligence (A.I.) project known as “Project Maven,” which involved creating A.I. robots that could scan and analyze video footage, as well as developing new A.I. drones. But that partnership has since been terminated, reports indicate.
Google similarly dropped a bid with the Pentagon to develop new cloud storage technology, citing concerns that working with the D.o.D. would “conflict with its principles.”
“The way I described it to our industry partners is: look, we’re the good guys and the values that we represent and the system we represent is the one that will allow and has allowed you to thrive,” Gen. Dunford added during his testimony.
Is Google working with Communist China against American interests?
Gen. Dunford isn’t the only one who sees some serious problems with the way Google operates abroad. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan echoed Gen. Dunford’s sentiments during the same committee meeting, explaining that Google has “a lack of willingness to support D.o.D. programs.”
“The technology that is developed in the civil world transfers to the military world,” Shanahan stated about China’s penchant for absorbing civilian technologies into its military apparatus. “It’s a direct pipeline.”
Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, had even harsher things to say about Google, chastising the tech giant for refusing to work with the Pentagon while simultaneously helping Communist China build up its military systems.
“We are in a struggle with the Chinese government over whether or not they’re going to become a regional and maybe global hegemon with values very different from ours, certainly values that do not favor freedom in the world,” Sen. Hawley stated.