February 2024 Hypersonic Missile Defense Forum

On Friday, February 2, 2024, the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance hosted the Hypersonic Missile Defense Forum, a discussion in Colorado Springs on the need to increase support for hypersonic missile defense systems.


Congressman Doug Lamborn
Chairman, House Armed Services
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Gen. (Ret.) John E. Hyten
Former Vice Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff

MG Brian W. Gibson
Director, Plans and Policy
United States Space Command
Brig. Gen. Robert D. Davis
Director of Operations
U.S. Northern Command
Mr. Walter S. Chai
Director of Space Sensors
Missile Defense Agency

RADM (Ret.) Mark Montgomery
Senior Director
Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation

Mr. Riki Ellison
Chairman and Founder
Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance


Please read below for General Hyten’s address highlighting the United States’ need to rapidly advance its hypersonic and missile defense capabilities to maintain strategic deterrence, particularly in the face of advancements and tests by adversaries like China and Russia, and the challenges posed by bureaucratic inertia and failure to adequately invest in and test new technologies.