“The work that Google is doing in China is … indirectly benefitting the Chinese military,” Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the 2020 defense budget.
“We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit.
So the technology that has developed in the civil world transfers to the military world, it’s a direct pipeline,” said Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who also testified.
Dunford’s comments came in response to questioning from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) during the hearing, which was on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, which is geared towards meeting challenges from China and Russia.
Out of the Pentagon’s $718 billion budget request for fiscal year 2020, $156 billion would be spent on military personnel.