French military officials are testing out a "flyboard" that may foreshadow a future front of military hardware, CNN reported.
Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata, grasping a rifle, demonstrated his invention at the annual Bastille Day in France as President Emmanuel Macron looked on approvingly.
"Proud of our army, modern and innovative," Macron tweeted along with a video of the fete.
French special forces are interested in the flying board for different uses, including as a possible assault device, said Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.
According to CNN, the inventor said two years ago he was working with the U.S. military on using it for combat applications, but one expert warned if used in a "direct combat situation, you would be vulnerable."
"You have to let users experiment with technology. For something like this where there is no direct technology that it is replacing, it is hard to envision the applications until people start to use it," the expert told CNN.
French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told France Inter radio ahead of the parade the flyboard "can allow tests for different kinds of uses, for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform," Agence France-Presse reported.
The possible new warfare equipment comes as some experts warn America is losing the war in cyberspace.
From hacks to misinformation campaigns, the nation's adversaries are scoring big victories on the virtual battleground, Roll Call reported.
"I believe we are in a declared cyberwar," Michael Bayer, a longtime Pentagon adviser who led a recent review of Navy cybersecurity, told the news outlet.
"It is aimed at the whole of society and the state. I believe we are losing that war."
Critics say the nation's leaders are only now seeing how far behind in defensive strategy the United States has fallen.
"While we have made progress, it would be fair to say we have a long way to go," Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., who chairs the Senate Armed Services cybersecurity subcommittee, told Roll Call.
According to Roll Call, America's adversaries have remained in the "gray zone" below the level of attacks that would trigger a full-scale U.S. response.
But Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., who co-chairs the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, told Roll Call it will be humans who win or lose the cyber war.
"Ultimately, our success or failure in cyber will come down not to algorithms or technology but to human beings," he said. "Everyone who has a cellphone in their pocket is in some ways on the front lines of a geopolitical competition."
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