General Joseph Dunford did not mince words when he described one of the United States Military’s worst nightmares come true. He describes the assistance the Chinese counterparts are getting from one of America’s largest companies in stark terms.
“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. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit and frankly indirect may not be not a full characterization of the way it really is, it’s more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military,” Dunford added.
That is quite an accusation against a tech giant. And not only that, but Google appears to be reducing its footprint with the home team.
The company also recently dropped a bid for a Pentagon cloud storage contract, citing concerns that working with the Defense Department could 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,” Dunford said Thursday.
Adding to the severity of Dunford’s statements are those from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan:
Google has “a lack of willingness to support DoD programs,” acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan also told the committee on Thursday.
He said that China often uses civilian technology to bolster its military forces.
“The technology that is developed in the civil world, transfers to the military world, it’s a direct pipeline,” Shanahan said.
At least one member of the Senate to hear these words took them to heart.
Google’s lack of willingness to work with the Pentagon while simultaneously doing business with China was slammed by Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri.
“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,” Hawley said.
With a number of tech companies having headline worthy difficulties of late, the testimony from Shanahan and Dunford is startling. Our own people are working with the enemy.
There’s a word for that.