Gen. John Hyten: DoD Must Accelerate Pace in Power Competition

John Hyten
John Hyten

U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Department of Defense needs to be more responsive with regard to the power competition with Russia and China, DoD News reported Friday.

Hyten said the military has to overcome the pace with its competitors and outrun them, especially considering China's speedy development.

"If you're in a race and someone is running faster, it doesn't matter how far ahead you are, eventually that somebody is going to catch and pass you" he said.

The USAF general leads the Joint Requirements Oversight Council that monitors technological activities across the joint force. Hyten said the council will come up with ways to address speed requirements across mission areas.

He also noted that DoD will need to constantly adapt through industrial changes to keep up with the shifting threat landscape.

"If you're going to maintain a speed of development ahead of the cyber threat, then you have to change the baseline all the time," he said.

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