America's Hypersonic Danger—Missiles that Go 10 Times the Speed of Sound

John L. Dolan, Richard K. Gallagher, David L. Mann
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John L. Dolan, Richard K. Gallagher, David L. Mann

Technology, Americas

And we have no defense against them.

America's Hypersonic Danger—Missiles that Go 10 Times the Speed of Sound

“The hypersonic threat is real; it is not imagination"- Lt Gen Samuel Greaves

As evidenced by numerous media accounts and Department of Defense (DoD) senior leaders’ comments, the impact and challenges posed by hypersonic missile systems are a growing and extremely complex threat to our national interests.  Hypersonic weapons are highly maneuverable, travel many times the speed of sound, and allow for the destruction of targets anywhere in the world in less than an hour. Potential targets range from leaders of terrorist organizations to a nation’s critical command and control facilities.  In March 2018, General John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command stated before the Senate Armed Services Committee, “We [U.S.] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us.”

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