A report prepared by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, an annual report to the US Congress on “China’s Military and Security Developments,” says: “The PLA is exploring next-generation operational concepts for AI-based warfare, such as Smart Squadron attrition warfare, And warfare that moves across different domains, confrontations based on artificial intelligence, and processes of cognitive control.”
- The basic operational concept of smart warfare
The Chinese military sees unmanned systems as critical technologies, and seeks to achieve greater autonomy for air, ground, and underwater vehicles to enable manned and unmanned hybrid formations, mass attacks, optimal logistical support, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance classification, among other capabilities. .
Bergman adds that according to Col. Koichiro Takagi, of the Ground Self-Defense Force Command in Japan, intellectuals in China have made it clear that the basic operational concept of intelligent warfare is direct control of the enemy's will. The idea is to employ artificial intelligence to directly control the will of senior decision-makers, including the president, members of Congress, combatant leaders, and citizens.
Takagi explained that theorists in China believe that conventional warfare, as we know it, is about to change, as he says that they "look beyond that, as they believe that the development of information technology has reached its limits, and that the knowledge field will be the battlefield in the world." the future."
“PLA theorists say that intelligence will focus on the cognitive space that characterizes complex thinking and efficient decision-making,” Ben-Nun, an associate researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dr. Chris Basler, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, wrote in September 2021.
On battlefields, where advanced AI allows for better decisions, they write, the side that can combine human ingenuity with robotic computation will take precedence.
Ben-Noun and Bassler added: “Artificial intelligence will, in the first place, aim to achieve advantages in psychological warfare.
Chinese theorists describe an "epistemological confrontation" in which PLA leaders psychologically dominate rival leaders through better and faster decisions.
The People's Liberation Army intends to employ all available tools to achieve the ultimate goal of curbing the enemy's will to resist."
In December 2021, the US Department of Commerce imposed sanctions on 12 Chinese research institutes and 22 technology institutions in China, led by the Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences and its eleven research institutes, for using these vital technology to support Chinese military uses, including Mind Control Weapons.
- Research on mind control
According to three reports prepared by the Chinese People's Liberation Army, dating back to 2019, obtained by the American "Washington Times", China has conducted research for several years related to mind control, or the war of minds, as part of its efforts to develop intelligent warfare.
One of these reports stated: "The war began to shift from seeking to destroy bodies to paralyzing and controlling the opponent
The focus here is on attacking the enemy's will to resist, not physical destruction" in order for "the mind to become the primary goal of attack, and defense for the For weapons with a new concept, victory without a fight is no longer a distant prospect."
Japanese Colonel Takagi noted that the field of knowledge warfare requires huge amounts of information, and that China already has it. Beijing has collected a wealth of personal information about US government officials and ordinary US citizens, ensuring that it has a basis to influence the perceptions of these people.
In this way, China has accumulated huge amounts of data over the years, and it can be used as a weapon in the future.
Beijing has succeeded in identifying CIA operatives in many countries of the world using this data. There have been attempts to use digital means to influence the electoral process in the recent presidential elections in Taiwan.
- US Army advice
Bergman argues that although most people view cognitive warfare as science fiction, experts warn that the United States should take this threat seriously.
Takagi says that "America and its allies should analyze smart warfare to avoid any surprise attacks in future wars." Ben-Nun and Basler warned of the same thing.
Bin Nun and Bassler, among other things, advise the US military not to repeat the mistakes of the past, when America slackened while China accumulated threatening capabilities.
Concluding her analysis, Bergman pointed to what Ben-Nun and Bassler wrote, that "the US military should be more public in its discussions about the PLA's efforts in artificial intelligence."