The U.S. must catch up to Chinese and Russian advances in hypersonic weaponry or risk ceding the advantage to the other two superpowers, one former Pentagon staffer said in an editorial published in the Financial Times.
People dismissing the Chinese and Russian tests “missed the importance,” wrote William Schneider, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and who previously served as an under-secretary of state and chair of the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.
“Maneuvering hypersonic vehicles are not simply another means of delivering a nuclear warhead to a target,” he added.
“Instead, they are an essential part of a ‘system of systems’ designed to defeat the U.S.’s early warning abilities.”
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