The United States lags behind China in research and development of hypersonic weapon technology. Top US military officers and leaders in the defense industry have already raised alarm about China’s rapid progress in the hypersonic field.
Last July, China conducted a hypersonic weapons test that propelled a missile around the world at Mach 5 speed or five times the speed of sound. This triggered widespread panic among U.S. military leaders, who described the situation as “very close” to a “Sputnik moment.”
Later Raytheon’s CEO claimed that Washington is years behind Beijing in its development of hypersonic weapons. However, it seems that this is not the only domain where China is ahead of the United States.
Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, has reprimanded the US government for its delayed 5G rollout, claiming that the government’s “cavalry” has left America “well behind” China.
Schmidt and Graham Allison, a Harvard professor, stated in an op-ed for Wall Street Journal that America is “far behind in almost every dimension of 5G, while other nations – including China – are moving forward.”
The authors argue that 5G should be a “national priority” for the Biden administration. If not, “China will own the 5G future,” they said. 5G stands for fifth generation wireless internet, which promises extremely high download speeds. It could also serve as a basis for industrial and military applications.
Schmidt and Allison cited statistics from PCMag to suggest that most 5G services in the United States are significantly slower than those in China. They also claimed that despite ongoing US sanctions against Huawei, the Chinese company remains a top 5G provider globally. They also referred to the Federal Aviation Administration’s “hysteria” over the possibility that 5G operations in the C-band spectrum are interfering with the aircraft’s radio altimeters.
They claimed that the Chinese government has invested a total of $ 50 billion in 5G networks in the country, but the United States has only allocated $ 1.5 billion so far. “The pathetic American performance in the 5G race is a sign of the United States’ greater inability to keep up with China in terms of strategically important technologies. China is also ahead of the United States in high-tech manufacturing, green energy and many uses of artificial intelligence,” he added. the.
“At current levels, by 2030, it is likely to lead the United States in the number of semiconductor chips it produces and in applications of biotechnology to defeat diseases such as cancer.”
Schmidt has been critical of the slow pace of action by the US government on the technology front, which he considers crucial for the future. Last year, the National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence, chaired by Schmidt, released a report claiming that China could overtake the United States as the world’s “AI superpower,” with military implications.
China’s rapid pace
Last month, Chinese researchers claimed to have reached a world record wireless transmission speed of 206.25 gigabits per second. This could mean that 6G technology will be up to 100 times faster than 5G.
China has also demonstrated that a hypersonic weapon could communicate and detect targets using 6G technology, eliminating some of the problems with blackouts occurring at speeds five times the speed of sound or more, according to the Soth China Morning Post.
Such allegations came at some point when the US has had difficulty testing 5G due to interference with key instruments in aircraft, as both use the same frequency. The United States also lacks an operational hypersonic weapon, having failed three consecutive tests in the past, which previously reported by EurAsian Times.
The United States is also stepping up its efforts to roll out 5G services across the country. Telecommunications companies, including Verizon and T-Mobile, now have significant and fast mid-range 5G networks, and AT&T has promised to start building its own.
On the other hand, President Biden recently signed legislation that provides $ 65 billion for broadband in the United States, money that could be used for both wireless and broadband networks.