March 11, 2022

Cyber Command chief tells Congress chip shortage has national security implications

Featuring Martijn Rasser

Source: Cyber Scoop

Journalist Suzanne Smalley

China’s increasing progress toward producing enough semiconductor chips domestically to avoid relying on foreign trade is a “very timely question” and one of “great concern for us in terms of broader impacts,” U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency head Gen. Paul Nakasone told House Intelligence Committee members this week.

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Martijn Rasser, a senior fellow and the director of the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security, called the export controls an “extremely significant act of unprecedented economic statecraft” and said it is hard to predict “what all the second and third order consequences of these actions are going to be.”

Russia has a “lot of leverage” using cyberattacks, Rasser said, but not much otherwise. And Russia desperately needs chips not only to achieve its high-tech goals but also to replace equipment it is losing on the battlefield.

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Authors

  • Martijn Rasser

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Martijn Rasser is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Rasser served as a senior intelligence officer a...