Video Game Wars: How Long Before the Chinese Catch Up

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So the United States Air Force wants to take a big step toward retiring the $2 million pilots flying $100 million jets, replacing them with smart kids sitting in air conditioned trailers outside of Las Vegas flying $4 million recon drones.

The pilot of the future is the video gamer of today. Technology changing air combat.

Now, how long before the PLA figures out they can stop buying Su-27s and Su-30s from the Russians at $34 million a pop, then deal with spares, then deal with the headaches they’re having integrating them into the force, and start buying projectable power on the cheap?


About David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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