Panel: China Leading the World in Hypersonic Weapon DevelopmentMarch 15, 2019
China is leading the world in hypersonic technology due to Beijing setting a clear investment strategy to its industrial base, a panel of national security experts said Monday.
“[The U.S.] commercial sector [and] Silicon Valley will never ever develop” the technologies associated with hypersonic weapons, Roger Zakheim, a member of the National Defense Strategy Commission, said at the Hudson Institute.
“The capability is going to come from the Pentagon and the traditional (defense) industrial base,” in large measure because they know what is needed to support a hypersonic weapon.
While the United States has been engaged in counter-terrorism wars and missions since 2001, Russia and China “concentrated on the spectrum of air and missile threats, not just one bright shining object” to counter American military strengths, Thomas Karako, director of the missile defense project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said.