Pentagon recommends US military uses Chinese drones despite bipartisan opposition and fears of espionage

After years of spying allegations and restrictions, the Pentagon has allowed the military to use two Chinese-made drones. The move has already stirred controversy.

A recent Pentagon report seen by the Hill found “no malicious code or intent” in two drone models manufactured by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI), a Chinese company and one of the world’s foremost drone makers. The report, dated May 6 and reported on Tuesday, concludes that DJI’s drones are “recommended for use by government entities and forces working with US services.” 

Almost 80% of all drones used in the US and Canada are made by DJI. However, the US government has been suspicious of the devices for several years. The US Army stopped using them in 2017, and two years later the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned US firms against using them, claiming they gave the Chinese Communist Party “unfettered access” to user data.

After years of spying allegations and restrictions, the Pentagon has allowed the military to use two Chinese-made drones. The move has already stirred controversy.

A recent Pentagon report seen by the Hill found “no malicious code or intent” in two drone models manufactured by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI), a Chinese company and one of the world’s foremost drone makers. The report, dated May 6 and reported on Tuesday, concludes that DJI’s drones are “recommended for use by government entities and forces working with US services.” 

Almost 80% of all drones used in the US and Canada are made by DJI. However, the US government has been suspicious of the devices for several years. The US Army stopped using them in 2017, and two years later the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned US firms against using them, claiming they gave the Chinese Communist Party “unfettered access” to user data.

Scott introduced the American Drone Security Act in the Senate earlier this year. The legislation would prohibit federal agencies and departments from “procuring certain foreign commercial” drones, and deny funding to state and local governments who do. The act was backed by China hawks from both parties, with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) declaring “in no way shape or form should we be using taxpayer dollars to purchase drones from foreign adversaries,” and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) stating that “relying on drones made by our adversaries is a clear risk to our national security.”

Commenters online greeted the Pentagon’s report with equal skepticism. 

Republicans have expressed doubt about the direction of the US military under President Joe Biden over more than its handling of Chinese technology. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took aim at the supposedly “woke, emasculated military” last month after the US Army released an animated recruiting ad featuring a female soldier raised by two mothers. Comparing the ad unfavorably to a more macho advert from the Russian military, Cruz went on to accuse Democrats and the “woke media” of trying to turn “the greatest military on Earth” into “pansies.”

In an interview with CNN late last month, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin claimed that China or Russia could “capitalize” on Cruz’ “talking points,” but added that he “will not lose one minute’s of sleep about what the Chinese leadership is saying or what Vladimir Putin is saying” about the Pentagon’s apparent embrace of “woke” ideology.

Source: RT.com

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1 Comment on “Pentagon recommends US military uses Chinese drones despite bipartisan opposition and fears of espionage

  1. What?
    The CCP doesn’t need “malicious code or intent”; they just monitor and record actual data in real time. The CCP will always know where and when our drones are flying, (or not flying). Using these foreign-made drones is a completely insane breach of our national security, and should not even be contemplated.

    Open letter to The Pentagon:
    Dear Pentagon,
    Please start reading “The Art of War”; the Chinese do, every single day. Our enemies play for keeps, while in America, we keep doing really bad impersonations of Neville Chamberlain. The CCP, and other bad actors, perceive the current US Administration as dim-witted and feckless.
    Please pay attention here; these bad actors no longer respect America. In their eyes, we have become a paper tiger; a fragile kite destined to be blown away by the wind of bullyism.
    “The Art of War”; read it, study it, live it. . .

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