Arms sale will not keep the US globally influential or relevant

Defense Innovation, with American Characteristics? Military Innovation, Commercial Technologies, and Great Power Competition

August 02, 2018

As great power rivalries intensify, China, Russia, and the United States are redoubling their pursuit of defense innovation in emerging technologies that could change the character, perhaps even the nature, of warfare. At present, U.S. primacy in innovation remains a critical, though contested, advantage. China is emerging as a scientific and technological powerhouse, while Russia is creatively pursuing asymmetric advantages. Since advances in these dual-use technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), are emerging increasingly from the private sector, the capacity to integrate and leverage commercial technologies will be critical in this race for advantage. Historically, the U.S. has leveraged close relationships between defense, academia, and the private sector, and the Department of Defense has recently expanded and intensified its efforts to build bridges in an effort to introduce the technologies of Silicon Valley into the military. Despite a robust history of partnership—and the successes of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)—this relationship can also be tense and rocky at times. The recent backlash against Google’s work with Project Maven, which resulted in a campaign by employees demanding a policy against building “warfare technology,” culminated in Google’s decision not to renew the contract. Google has since issued principles that included a commitment not to pursue applications of in weapons using artificial intelligence.[1] Given the intensity of concerns over the weaponization of artificial intelligence, these debates will likely persist … for more, go to

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2018): The above five video clips may well convince those who think the US is a saint for world peace and freedom.

The US has been manufacturing weapons and weapons of mass destruction throughout the 20th Century, selling to the rest of the world so that they end up killing one another while the Americans profit financially.

The US economy knows nothing else but selling arms, and that is why it has been waging war until today.

It is clear promoting and selling arms and war is no more that profitable globally for the US because the rest of the world, especially China and Russia, have, if not better than the US, caught up with science and technology.

In short, global arms sales is no more the monopoly of the US - there are alternatives!

And that is why the US today is saddled with a national debt of between US$20 trillion and US$222 trillion (read this for context: Is the US debt US$20 trillion or US$222 trillion?)

Thus, enters President Donald Trump with his Make America Great Again battle cry for the US, and his strategy is to dump all economic and trading level fields to benefit the US domestically and internationally - by slapping sanctions and tariffs globally on all competitors.

And that is also a big mistake because Trump is not only alienating the US economy from the rest of the world, he is also jeopardising the American businesses domestically and internationally.

Why? Because the world economy is no more the monopoly of anyone today.

The US, possibly due to its arrogance and dominance in the 20th Century, is unable to think out of the box into the 21st Century and is still relying solely on arms sales to oil its economy.

While China and Russia have caught up with the US in arms development via science and technology, they have also paid equally, if not more, attention to forge international business and trade.

China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt Road Initiative (BRI) is one such example - to date, BRI has inked cooperation agreements with 90 countries and international organisations.

Compare the above with this:
I Love Malaysia-China Silk Road opines that the more the Trump-led US demonises China and Russia, the more the US is alienated from the rest of the world.

The US has no other choice if it wants to remain relevant and globally influential past this Century - that is to return to the basics of economies of scale - not sanction and tariff slapping - to compete globally in world markets.

The Americans have to stop relying on arms sales to further their Make America Great Again agenda.

Military vehicles carrying DF-21D ballistic missiles roll through Tiananmen Square in 2015.Damir Sagolj / Reuters file
BEIJING — The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday, but the country's military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale. Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States. "The U.S. no longer possesses clear military-technical dominance, and China is rapidly emerging as a would-be superpower in science and technology," said Elsa B. Kania, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank. The Chinese People's Liberation Army "might even cut ahead of the U.S. in new frontiers of military power," she added … for more, go to