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US fears of China’s AI-armed military are well-founded

New Chinese weapons seen to upset balance of power in Asia-Pacific region

The U.S. is concerned that a coordinated attack by unmanned Chinese aircraft and submarines could sink its aircraft carriers in the event of a war.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Andrew Marshall, a well-known American strategic thinker, died on March 26 at the age of 97. Marshall shaped long-term U.S. military strategy as director of the Office of Net Assessment at the Department of Defense, but he never stepped into the limelight during his career, which ended with his retirement at 93.

One thing that troubled Marshall toward the end of his life was the possibility that an adversary might overcome hard-won U.S. technological superiority, due to the proliferation of high technology.

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